Nina Simon and Brian MacDonald

Brian MacDonald
Inspiration Piece

By Nina Simon
Response Piece

There’s a spark in the room tonight.
Its glow casts me into the shadows of invisibility
sealing my wine-coated lips into silence
as I watch cliques of people,
heads bobbing in animated conversation
bodies swaying to the beat of yesterday’s tunes.

Is this how it’s always to be
on the outside
inside myself
a lone being
shrouded in the space around me
in a room crowded with couples?

I reach for another drink.

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