Sitting in a crowd of smiles
Is like being in a field of flowers
They are pretty and all that,
But that is nothing to keep
Loneliness from isolating me
From making the smiles
Feel like walls of happy
Gleaming teeth shining
Their sameness, their happiness
Into each other and
Walling me out
Singling me out
My flat expression
Only one mark of how
I don’t fit in
That is how lonely feels
Even in the happiest crowd
The pain of loneliness
Has but one cure
To connect beyond
The gleaming wall of smiles
To where all the emotions
Can honestly hang out
And know they are safe


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