Know and fathom the words
behind those questions;
Not all “How are you?”
needs a specific answer
Sometimes, it is a statement
Saying, “I need something from you.”

Go deeper and beyond
as the words come out;
Not all “I’m fine”
ends everything
Sometimes, it is the start
Telling, “I need someone to listen. ”

Never trust the words alone
Actions must come along;
Smile is not the start of happiness
But sometimes the start of pretending.