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