Get off my lawn

You people with your cheerful laughter
Your half-hearted jokes and your synchronized steps
Your self-help books and favorite Ted-talks on self-appreciation
Your reusable coffee mugs and unlimited enthusiasm for life
Your neon-colored, mandala-patterned leggings and bright Nike shoes
Your career goals and mass-produced entertainment
Your blinding positivity, your support groups, your modern adaptations of Shakespeare

Don’t ask me how my day was or
How life is going
I have nothing to offer except my waving fist
Stop ringing my doorbell
I’ll call the police on you
I’m warning you
Don’t fly your kite or bounce your ball on my turf

Let me have my tea in peace



Artwork by Vincent Van Gogh “Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette” 1885-1886

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