Dubious congratulations!
Rare achievementó
getting me riled.
Exceptionally long fuse
lacking in anger:
a redhead blessing.

Ooh, I bet you have a temper!"
announce acquaintances.
Even in response to a casual
"Actually, no..."
they will gleefully exclaim,
"OOH, it's true!"
So staying calm,
at least outwardly,
has served me well.

Adolescents know
precisely which buttons to push
and how often to jab at them.
Pedantic persistence makes
Rage rise within
but it isn't red or hot;
it's silver and scary.
Destructive thoughts,
grinding of teeth,
deep breath:
hold your tongue.

With concentrated effort,
dizzying emotions pass.
Feeling winded,
as though the marathon were physical,
I crumple;
catch my breath;
relationship intact.
Written by Wafflenose (Ellie)
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