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"I'm Fine"

What happens when people say they are fine?
Do they tell the truth, or maybe a little white lie?
Like a child saying he will resupply?
Or create a stampede of lies—
And then act like they're just shy?
Does it crush their very hearts,
to where they learn to modify?
Or do they feel nothing‍—
Like a person whom has stopped breathing?
Maybe it makes them feel lonely...
Like a child who lost their family?

Or does it make them feel happy
That they just made themselves
The biggest liar that is also a phony?

--Tessa D., 7th-8th Grade