Christina A. Sharik


I read all these books about war and Vietnam
and sometimes a phrase will stick in my mind
“Don’t F*** With Anyone’s Coping Mechanism”
Seems pretty true, tho not refined.
People cope in different ways; I cope
by writing; words help me and in return, I hope,
they may cause some comfort, or coax a
thought or two – sometimes a smile
Don’t f*** with anyone’s coping mechanism
It may be all they have; that familiar routine
and you may be the only Bible they ever read
or the only friend they’ve lately seen.
Let them have their silly ways
the rituals and the crossing off of days;
Whatever it is that gets them through,
Don’t mess with it.
Just listen. That’s all you need to do.