( I wrote this a while back, but set it aside. Here it is now. )
I cannot bear kindness--
I might shatter
At the slightest gentle word.
Just pretend you think I'm pretty--
I'll leave a dollar
And some smaller coins stacked nice.
Let me count the Tower ravens--
And bring a cup
That's made of ice.
Bring my tea and silver blade--
Leave them solemn as a bird;
Place an apple on my napkin
And make sure I'm not disturbed.