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By yourself in a room full of people.
Talking out loud, but no one listens.
Disappearing into the shadows.
Nobody seems to notice that you've gone.

Pain and emptiness invades your sole.
Wanting to reach out and hold someone.
Paralyzed at the thought of rejection.
You remain motionless and just observe.

You scream for someone who will sit and listen.
But no sound seems to escape your lips.
Your eyes are the only indication that there is something wrong,
But the only direction you seem to look is to the floor.

Quiet, motionless, invisible, and afraid.
A shell with no substance.
In pain and wanting help,
But unable to take that first step.

Ever slipping inside yourself.
Traveling farther and farther from those that can help.

Gregory R. Sare