“Appearances”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella


The worst thing to tell

your ex-lover is

“I’m happy.”


And so he never told her

that he was happy,

but gave her


every appearance


that he was unhappy.

Indeed, you could

see her


light up


whenever she saw him,

for she believed


that he was unhappy.

And everyone who

saw them together said,


It’s a shame they broke up.


They seem to understand

one another.


And look, why just look

how she glows


to see him!

I think that they

are still in love.


See how pained he appears,

how he seems to miss her.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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