Periphery

Standing on the periphery

of this social gathering,

trying to remain hidden

from all the chattering.

Avoiding any eye contact

in case someone may talk to me,

I have nothing in common with them

so maybe they will leave me be.

A drink in my hand

to help ease my terror,

I now know coming here

was a major error.

If I was to slip away

would anyone notice my absence

or would it be better to try

and keep up the appearance

I am happy to be here

amongst these smiling faces

talking about their holidays

and their favourite places,

while I don’t know

where I will be tomorrow

and there’s no one here

who wants to hear about my sorrow.

wine glasses
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