CROSSED SIGNALS


I wept for joy;

you thought

…grief.

****

I sighed for pleasure;

you believed

…ennui.

****

I giggled with delight;

you felt the sting of

…scorn.

****

Pride drove your

Rage—

I begged you stay.

****

You saw my tears,

you heard my cries,

but you knew…

they were lies!

****


—Carole Fragoza Fernández

Bay Shore, NY 1988


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