You’re A Dick

Oh, you were joking?
Okay, alright, I get it now.
For just a moment I thought
you were speaking your mind
and then backpedaling
like a fucking invertebrate.
But you say you were joking
so that’s cool.  Only…

You might want to take the time
to actually learn how to joke around.
There are mechanics to it, you know.
There are the subtle clues of body language
the nuance of facial expression
the backhand of irony
and the subversion of metaphor.
You know, the art of joking.
The things that make joking
joking, instead of an impotent
dry heave of blather.

You might want to learn these things
or people will think
you’re a dick.
And I’m positive
you don’t want people thinking
you’re a dick.