In relationships these days
We are spending more time paying attention to our phones
Then we are to our partners.
. . .
Is it really so hard
To walk through this world
Why do so many of us have to
I never could
No, it never did seem right to me.
I’m getting better at it.
It turns out,
To be able to fake something
Is essential to surviving in this world.
Fake a smile at work.
Fake words of comfort to your partner.
Fake encouragement for your friend.
Fake fun on Christmas.
Fake respect for the police officer.
Fake love for your boss.
I’m not saying that faking it is bad or good,
It just is part of life.
The better the actor
The better he or she can fit in to the people around them.
But the word genuine is some of our favorite self-praise.
Even though, no one knows what that word means.
And we don’t like to admit to ourselves
How fake we are
Most of the time.
So we hunger for the genuine
But hardly ever
Anything close to it.
. . .
Faking paying attention to your partner
Instead of being on your phone
It just takes a little more
And aren’t our relationships worth the effort?