The Scene, by Oonah V Joslin

I wish I knew how others get so high
on life – still buzzing from some social
event – looking forward to being in
the crowd – working the room with easy grace,
remembering people’s faces, people’s
names, taking pleasure in joining in their
games, laughter ringing high to the rafters.
Genuinely saying, Wasn’t that great!
I wish I didn’t know the crushing fear,
the hiding in the corner on my own,
the fervent wishing to be somewhere else
or anywhere but here and now and in
the company of those who get a buzz,
being with people they regard as friends.

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