Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
Fair to middlin'
It occurred to me that I have
two kinds of people that know me.
There are those I work with and socialize.
They know me on the outside.
Then there are those that know me
through my poetry and commentary,
who know me on the inside.
Both only see what I’m willing to show.
Both have intimate information
from close proximity;
one to body, the other to mind.
Who’s to say who knows me better?
The words that mean the most to me
come from people I can’t see.
I’d sooner call them friends because
of the who they know as me.
I try to be real, writing deeper than my skin.
Even when I’m only putting lipstick on a pig.
Not that I’m disingenuine in person,
I’m sincerely shy in an obnoxious diversional
kind of way.
I’d rather never have to choose between the two,
as both sides make up the whole.