I find it easier to talk to a stranger

than anyone I know,

they know nothing about me

and can’t judge me so.

I can pretend I am happy,

and my life is on course,

they have no idea of

my despair and its source.

While I am in their company

it allows me to forget

until they bid me farewell

and then I fill with regret.

For then I know I must return

to my inner battles and their reality

and then try and find

some way to declare an amnesty.

man and woman sitting near structure
Photo by Maël BALLAND on


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