Nothing hurts more
Than gratitude from someone you love
You should know this

The book arrives
saying
“Thank you! You are amazing!”

In one handwritten sentence
You’ve made a stranger of me

I only know this

You are an expert in the art
Of making me feel like
I don’t matter

I now have this book
With your writing on it
On my table
Mocking me

Saying …. “Thank you”
I don’t even know for what
Okay, maybe I do

and

I hate that.

Sashikala Premawardhane

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