How Are You, The Unpredictability II

  How Are You, The Unpredictability II

They almost always start the conversation
With “How are you?” You say “Fine”.
You tow the line,
It is the norm, time honoured;
Automatic, form expected.
Form accepted.

Yet, you’ve reached an age
Where you no longer fit the norm,
Wish the form.
You hesitate,
Wait just a bit before retorting.

Unpredictable: today, tomorrow:
Routine ailments, triumphs, sorrow;
Unpredictable around-the-clock.
Is it wrong to buck the question,
Wait to answer? I think not.

The answer not as black and white as it may seem.
There’s been a screaming virus!
Long term side effects, some new vaccine…

When they ask you how you are,
Think of instability,
Ups and downs, hour, weekly, daily…
Take a second to reply,
“Fine” like most cliches a childish lie.
How Are You:The Unpredictability 8.9.2017/ revised, updated 8.9.2022
Circling Round Reality; Definitely Didactic; Our Times, Our Culture II; Arlene Nover Corwin

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