Hello. How are you? I’m fine!

Each time we give that formulaic greeting
we shrink the definition of “I’m fine”:
it used to be “I’m fine” meant things were perfect,
but now it means, “don’t want to bore you; I decline
to mention all the things that happen to me
the aches and pains and disappointments hard
because if I declared all of those heartaches
you’d think I was a failure and discard
the drama of my life as not worth hearing
the failures you would never contemplate
and as I listed each sad difficulty
you’d think each drama just a quirk of Fate.

So all of us reduce the definition
of what in life is patently okay
and answer every soft interrogation
with “Everything is simply fine, today!”

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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