I told a joke.
The listener did not laugh.
My solution to that perceived problem
was to re-tell the joke,
that made them laugh.
It’s better for me—sincerely—life itself is a better experience for me
when and as I don’t need to be
taking myself to task constantly…
(as if life were some sort of audition…and I’m afraid I won’t get the part…the part I am already acting out, by the way…geez…)
or talking to myself harshly,
on the inside of me,
where I really know where I hurt, trashing myself for being