“You’re really sharp” you say
Took you by surprise did I?
Expecting the feminine, graceful, charming
you are left bare
by my words
No batting eyelids and confused sugarlike conversation from me

I am then –if I am sharp- a knife!
You meant it as a compliment?
knives are also sharp
and are used mainly to chop up things
and occasionally kill people- I say and smile
you couldn’t have meant that as a compliment!

After that
Coffee is drunk in silence
Where is that someone
Who will blunt my sharp edges?
I think to myself
no witty repartee from you
we’re already over and done with.

Sashikala Premawardhane

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