284 – Tough love

Rough words,
Harsh tone,
Even a dash
Of poignant sarcasm.

A strange brew,
Rarely sweet,
Mostly strong,
Always a bit sour.

Even the sharpest blows
Are always laced
With kindness.

For who else
Can you trust more
Than your best friends
To know their playful insults
Are just
A slightly crooked
But always heartfelt way
To say
“I care”?