You are awkward, you know,
your reticence for days and days
and then your suddenly aggressive presence.
Even those who barely acknowledge you
are sneakily manipulated into hurting their loved ones.
It’s dirty. A cruel game.
And yet, you’re the great assimilator
moving between cultures and climates,
smooth as lies.
To threaten that you will die alone
if you continue to behave this way
is simply not true.
Somehow you hold so many hands.