Based on ‘Sad girl’ by Miodrag Miljkovic.
Rare is the one who bothers to ask a burnout brunette
about her day.
she has nothing to say
when stories are steaming inside her.
Whether or not her cat kneads the pages that keep her warm
is of little consequence to the crowd.
Whether she’s tired,
her boss doesn’t care.
Whether she’s hungry,
her grocer just shrugs.
Few ask a burnout what’s fair.
Grateful is she for the small treasures-
the old woman who gifts her a cough drop
or the blind boy who laughs she’s ‘sweet’.
It’s a mild progress she calls her joy
and for this, she writes of her days.