He over-eats because he’s nervous.
She over-sleeps because she’s sad.
He hits because he doesn’t know another way to show he doesn’t understand.
Her stomach hurts when there’s a test
His when a certain uncle comes.
She ‘checks out’ when her parents fight
or students raise a hand.
He cries with every little scratch.
She’s stoic with a shattered arm.
Their eyes glaze over at the sight of checkered shirts
Or painted nails
A certain aftershave
Or lip balm.
He can’t sit still.
She won’t stop day dreaming.
He mopes. She cries. He pouts. She flies
Off the handle
If someone meets her eyes.
He wets the bed.
She carves red lines into her thigh.
He fights because he’s scared.
She spits because she’s feeling trapped
flirts because it is the only way she knows
Of the above
When in fact
Their behaviors speak a loud broadcast
Of unabated stress
For The Daily Post