When the whole of people talk to me,
I drown them out with my thoughts.
When everyone asks me questions,
I turn my back to listen to my mind.
When the world swallows my peace,
I go to the corner and listen to the echoes of space.
When the jealousy and anger nip at my heels,
I stop running and start digging.
When your eyes penetrate the barrier,
I cover my guilt with tears.
But when you smile,
So do I.
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