IT'S HARD TO
PRETEND
by Wynne Huddleston
It’s hard to pretend
when I see you looking
for something better,
and knowing when you do,
you’ll throw me away
like a holey sweater.

It’s hard to pretend
when you turn me away,
talk of the past and live
there, instead of turning
to me, who is standing
right in front of you.

It’s hard to pretend
when I hear your voice
with that tone of de-
tachment reserved for
a stranger—“How are you?”
not listening to my answer.

It’s hard to pretend
when I’m lying in your bed
and you’re online conversing
with another, while my heart
grows cold on the silver
platter by your still hand.
Wynne Huddleston (above) is a poet,
songwriter and music teacher. Her poetry
has been published in Emerald Tales, Winter
Solstice, Waterways, and is forthcoming in
The Shine Journal, the Silver Boomer Book
anthology From the Porch Swing - memories
of our grandparents, and in THEMA. She is a
board member of the Mississippi Writers Guild.
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