The Adirondack Review
Better Off


I think you'd be better off with a puppy,
Because I'm warning you now
This will not make sense.

For example, I'll ask you a simple question
And when you reply
"I wish I understood women."
This simple, meaningless comment,
Will anger me.
You, in a desperate attempt to keep the peace,
Will try to console me by making something up.
But me, being a woman,
And a ridiculous one at that,
Will not be satisfied by your sweet gesture
Of just trying to please me.
No, instead, I'll get angered that you aren't telling me how you really feel
And what you really think.
Then get angry at myself for being so silly,
And embarrassed that I made a fuss over such a trivial thing for nothing,
And then I will recognize in myself that
No matter what it is that you say
It is never really going to please me.

So what I'm trying to say here is,
You're really much better off with a puppy
Or maybe a fish
Because I am nearly impossible
In every way.









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FELICIA URSO is a seventeen-year-old currently living in Rhode Island, finishing up her last year of independent “un-schooling” before moving on to a year of traveling, writing and photographing wherever the wind takes her! She hopes to start getting her poetry published more and someday put them to music.  She loves biking, a good cup of tea, fresh notebooks, concerts in Providence and the open road.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems