Why should I flash my teeth at homo sapiens?

May 19, 2015

In India, we don’t fucking smile.
But we will stare at you. For a long time. Without flinching.
And whisper about you to a friend, without breaking eye contact.
That’s just how it goes.
And no one cares.

In America, we don’t stare.
Unless you want to start a fight.
But it’s ok to make brief eye contact.
As long as you show them your teeth.
Maybe a quick head nod too.
Best to utter a brief warm sound.
Hello. Hi. How are you.
And move along.

And in Japan.
That’s a whole another story.
No stares. No smiles. No hellos.
Pretend you are busy listening to music.
And playing important games on your phone.