I smile through gritted teeth

whenever you introduce me as a good friend.

As labels go, this is the best I could hope for.
But still, I swallow all the emotions that threaten

to surface, like a bubbling pot

Just so you can stay comfortably by my side,

resting your head on my shoulder

as you recount all your heartaches

over a girl, who frankly doesn’t deserve you.

And while I don’t claim to be any better

(for in fact, I’ve been lying to you all this time),

As a friend, I truly believe you should move on

and set your sights to a closer, more feasible reality.

© 2016 Anj CP