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A friend, when asked
‘How you doing?’
will always reply,
without a grin
‘It could be worse’
and of course he’s
right, but it’s like a
cheap trick to fool
yourself that you’re
doing okay prepared
to some stranger
some place else
and although true
it isn’t very helpful
and doesn’t do
anything to elevate
self-esteem or value
in a world where the
vultures are forever
hovering
and of course,
you know most
of them by name.

John D Robinson is a UK poet; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals; he has publsihed 2 chapbooks 'When You Hear The Bell, There's Nowhere To Hide' (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016) 'Cowboy Hats & Railways' (Scars Publications 2016) he was a contributing poet to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series.