Anxiety

I often feel that I don’t belong

In the middle of a crowd

Amongst strangers with painted smiles

While I sit alone, uncertain and so sure

That they’re laughing at me

Amongst faces that I’ve known for years

And even so, I cannot speak

It’s not that I don’t want to be here with you

It’s that I want to crawl back inside myself

Believe me, I want to talk with you

To interact, be present in the present moment

Most of the time, I can do it

But when I cannot find it in me to stay

Please, understand

That I’m conversing with the rabbit inside

Trying to reassure her that there’s no need to scurry away

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