Shaking someone’s hand 

“How ya doin’s” are exchanged

“Good” or “Fine” is the answer you’ve canned

Not even listening or caring you both go about your day

What if you answered in the moment you were in 

what if you said, “This pain I’m having is really doing me in”

What if you said, “I hurt so bad I feel like crying

and there are some days I’ve even thought about dying”


What would they do ?

Would they listen to you?

The hurried world we live in has conditioned us to lie

we all lie to each other,  we’re too rushed to try

we can’t be bothered with listening and empathy

the lies we tell are compounded daily