How Are You? How Are You?

How Are You?

How Are You? How Are You?

How are you?

 

Three little words, 

We often take for granted 

Are all we need to hear now

 

They hold none of the 

drama, 

or romance 

Of its popular cousin 

 

But when said with 

Kindness

and genuine concern 

 

It’s everything. 

 

How are you

Means: 

I see you

I care 

I hope you are holding up

Okay

 

It means, 

How are you, really?

Beyond the manic decluttering 

and baking status updates. 

 

How are you

Is reaching across the screen 

To link arms 

and take a turn 

about the room 

 

How are you 

Can also mean: 

Please ask me 

How I am, too.

 

We don’t need a lecture,  

Fake news,

Or judgment on our 

coping mechanisms

 

How are you 

is simply:

A drawing class link 

A cat meme 

A surprise Grab delivery 

 

How are you 

Is 

An invitation

      to wonder at the sky

A goodnight wish 

A virtual hand to 

hold, throughout

this lonely rollercoaster 

Ride.

 

Wherever you are, 

Whatever challenges you face  

Three little words 

Humbly offer comfort 

or

courage. 

 

If dark times 

have any saving grace 

It’s that it helps us recognize 

the light 

in each other;

Pass it on.

 

Three bright words. 

We must pay attention to whom

We’ve chosen to shine them on, lately 

So we keep up the habit 

Even when we emerge from our homes and hermit caves

 

You see, 

Shelter is not a place;

It’s people

Who keep us feeling

Safe. 

 

 

When the world resumes 

its hectic pace

and toxic greed 

 

May three little words

From 

Mother

Bestie

Barista

Barber

Beloved godchild 

in real life, 

remind us:

 

We already have 

Everything 

we need.

 

POETRY PIERRA CALASANZ-LABRADOR
ART @RANDOMROM