I see you there.
I see you whole and I see that you see me
You see me and I see you pretend and I pretend too
Pretend you don’t see me; I’ll pretend I don’t notice by staring at you.
Your gaze goes through me as mine often goes through people
You pretend and I pretend, but our games are different.
Maybe you think you’re fooling me
I think you’re really fooling yourself, fully aware as you are
Paranoid ideas and self inflicted enigmas, what a smile
It’s all in my head, conceivably
Save for the rage, it comes from the act
I don’t oppose the denial as much as I do the performance
Play your game; just leave me out of it.
Or become a better actor
I’m easy to fool, try to be convincing
Don’t convince yourself.
Persuade me before you hypnotize yourself
Before you fall for your own tricks
It’s the least you could do.
If there’s anything at all to be done
What a smile.