"You've lost weight" they say
In concern, not in congratulation.
Perhaps a slight twinge of envy, maybe
That they need must exercise
To achieve something similar.
He shrugs his bony shoulders
And wonders how one can feel both
Heaviness & emptiness
In one body.
"It must be love"...
"He must be pining"...
He is polite & will not shatter their illusions
But cannot help his amusement at the antithesis
For abhorrent anger will burn the flesh just as well.
Song for the moment: The last time - Janis Joplin