from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living 

sudden and harsh responses,
or no replies at all.

invalid validation
in various forms:
tone of voice,
facial expressions,
direction, if any, of the eyes.

repetition, reservation, characterization,
manipulation, altercation, stimulation.

questions evident but absent.
feelings strong or numb.

a picture-perfect face,
lying to all.

a well-rehearsed fictional script
through stories told on time,
in sequence,
this is evidence;
it is all there.