You check my Insta stories
like I once used to check your WhatsApp last seen,
consistently, silently, with a sense of urgency,
nibbling information about
my well-being and strong opinions
about the world and society at large
with the earnestness of a well-wisher
who once knew me too well,
and now knows me just as much
as the last time we spoke
when you protested against me
for not keeping well, for keeping quiet.
I'm keeping well now, not keeping quiet at all.
You are keeping track. Good to know, that's all.