DON’T ASK ME

 

Don’t ask me what I think,

Or I might tell you the truth,

When what you really want

Is your opinion validated for you.

And if you whine and complain,

I’ll tell you to suck it up

And do something about it,

Because no one can but you.

 

Who am I to give advice, anyway?

 

I hop around on one foot,

With the other in my mouth.

My brain is slower than my tongue,

So my tongue thinks for itself.

If only my sharp wit

Would cut itself in two,

One half could control my mouth

And my foot could remain in my shoe.

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About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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