by Kitty Cat Lady   Sep 18, 2017

I feel like a slave to this lonely beat
The one I keep playing, a tune on repeat
It's the song of my heavy heart that I sing
Every note perfect, the familiar ring

You know that I'm not, but ask if I'm OK
And each time I answer, the same thing I'll say
I'll tell you I'm good, reply that I'm fine
Over and over, rehearsed all the time

For if I was honest and told you what's wrong
We'll get in a quarrel, you'll go on and on
Far easier for me to allow you to think
That nothing has changed, I'm not on the brink

But the record of us is worn out and scratched
The damage too great, I can't reverse back
You and I just became stuck on this loop
And I'm just so weary of jumping through hoops

If I answered you honestly, I'd tell you I'm blue
And you know deep down that what I say is true
But you want to save face, prefer to pretend
Kid yourself thinking that it's not the end

If you don't want the truth, just ask if I'm fine
I promise to keep lying, I'll say the same line
I'll keep on smiling and you pretend you can't tell
But you and I both know, this is living hell.


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  • 3 months ago

    by Phoenix ¥

    This poem is fantastic and really struck a chord with me. Leaves me with so many questions about how you really feel!!

    • 3 months ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Haha. Thanks Natasha :-)
      It reflects that awful time at the end of a relationship when you both know it's over but neither one has been brave enough to call it a day, so you skirt around each other pretending to be fine. More or less. I took the plunge and called it but it's hard.
      Thanks for your comments :-) x

  • 6 months ago

    by Artur Kraus

    Beautiful piece about the thought process of the one being asked and the one asking..
    "I'm fine" saves a lot of trouble, which is what the one asking is most likely after - a quick way out.
    Too bad this question and answer can't be taken seriously

    • 6 months ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Exactly Artur ... a silly game but played all too often! Thanks for your comments :-)

  • 6 months ago

    by h0peful

    "I'm fine" is the most commonly told lie in the universe.

    I am inclined to believe it.

    • 6 months ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      I know! Funny how we communicate sometimes eh?
      Thanks H :-)

  • 7 months ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Judging comment

    "I'm Fine" By Kitty Cat Lady (4 points)

    "I'm Fine"

    The fall back answer many will so often give when they simply are not.

    Pride, stubbornness and the desire to show that we don't need that significant other can initiate this response.
    Inside we could be screaming "help me please" but I'm fine, OK or good is what will trip tongues.
    However it means more. It shows an inner strength, a will and an attitude that will overcome.

    I really liked this poem and it's rhyming. Very well worded and an excellently worked powerful piece.

    Well done (4)

    • 7 months ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Thanks so much for this. I'm guessing your term as a judge is over and I'm really grateful to you and all the judges for your time :-)
      I was so thrilled to win with this poem, so thank you for choosing it and for your great comments xx
      Kitty =^.^=

  • 8 months ago

    by Justen Smith

    I get that. This poem is so true, sometimes I'm fine is because we dont want to admit a weakness. But just because we can't admit it doesn't mean we are not screaming for help.

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