a poem by Colin Dardis (2 of 2)
As Seen On TV
despite the diet pills
and new dress.
and yes, I'm suppose to smile
and tell you all the lovely
that should drip easily out of friends' mouths
but the words that find my tongue
are not melliferous;
they are wrapped with the cold, dawning barbs of truth.
the paper bag, the nurses' screen:
you are not glamorous in your presentation,
but God bless you for trying.
Yet you are prettier
than the ugly mouth I carry round
flattening your desires.