Dear person in the park by Lewis Brown

Dear person in the park
… hi.
Are you okay?

I’m sorry, I should explain
You see, I come here quite a lot
because it’s only a little out of my way
and its quiet.
But I’ve not seen you before.

I’ve seen people sit here on this bench before
but I’ve not seen them sitting here crying
I’ve seen people sit here alone before
but I’ve not seen them sit alone crying

Dear person in the park
I like to imagine that the circle of trees in the middle of the park is where the badger council meets to plot war against the squirrels
What do you think?
I know, I know, it’s bollocks
but it cheers me up.
What cheers you up?
Please
you’re scaring me.

Dear person in the park
I’m ashamed to admit that
Normally I would just ignore you
pretend I hadn’t seen you
and go talk to happy people
but today I am feeling a different kind of selfish.
Today I need people to be happy.
Today other people’s sadness is scary.
No.
Today other people’s sadness makes me angry.

So I do what the English always do.
When the world makes us angry
we make the world a cup of tea.
Here you go
this one is yours.
I hope it makes you happy.

Dear person in the park
That was probably a really stupid thing to do
the tea, I mean.
I mean, you probably drink coffee.
I mean, this is none of my business.
I mean, this is probably really interfering, really patronising, really daft.
I mean, I could at least have stretched to large sized cup
or at least a medium.
But I didn’t know what else to do
and you aren’t drinking it
but I don’t know what else to do
I have to go now.

Dear person in the park
I’m sorry
for putting my happiness on your shoulders
I hope you’re happier now
I hope you drank the tea
It made me feel better
but that wasn’t really the point.