Friday 19 January 2018


How sad
To be so poor
That you can’t afford
Your own laughter,
To insist 
That it must be 
At another’s expense,
To beg 
That you be allowed 
Only a joke
Except it never is
It won’t be
Not one, not any, not many
Would be enough
To fill
Your emptiness.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.

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