The Underground Garden: I Respond With Poetry (and a smile)


 

I can’t take fixing another’s mistakebe-happy
It’s always all over my face
When it happens

The break

So like, emotional intelligence is a thing

Self-control

Not everyone presses their pause button
Or can hold

Their tongue.

Tantrums like before they were young
Because come on
Slow it down

Reacting out of selfishness creates a frown
Except, mine twists up and I laugh in your face
Cuz you done fucked up
I don’t bottle my rage

I let my blood boil
Check the scenario
Laughing at your disrespect is better than twisting your neck

How you gonna learn otherwise?

I rather watch you shrink when your ship sinks because I don’t blink to your whim

Now I’m talking to the outlandish who brandish years of damage because others flinched

At their volume
Their status
Their whatever throne

I did not construct

Laughing at your misguided anger is the way I don’t give a fuck

I’m not stuck on reactive
I’m a graduate

I pause, stare
It’s like a dare
After you’re done misdirecting
Go warm your chair
Go braid your hair
Go clean your air

Cuz guess what

I just don’t care
I just don’t care
Let me laugh that one more time

I just don’t care

Your battle is not here and I won’t let you find one

Your puff whimpers
Pot simmers
I don’t budge
Don’t judge

You can still walk with your tail right above your asskill-them-with-kindness
Knowing damn well you’re walking away from pure class
Pure class

Let me smile that one more

Pure class.

You one day too may just pass then we can both have a laugh.

 

Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.