shards in these shallow seas

there are words people use

heard overheard

from brighter smarter people

they think they can use

to diminish you

make you less than them

she said

you are so shallow

like that meant something

from someone with little to offer

& just to be mean

I asked her

can you explain please?

with a smile & straight face

knowing she hadn’t a clue

oh she flustered some

changed the subject

while I tried to hold the sneer away

saying thank you thank you

in case that little brittle face cracked

leaving nothing but shards

in these shallow seas

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