balloons

I saw too many faces today
faces like balloons.

at times I felt like
lifting the skin
and asking,
“anybody under there?”

there are medical terms for
fear of heights
for
fear of enclosure in small
spaces

there are medical terms for
any number of sundry
maladies

so
there must be a term
for:
“too many people”.

I’ve been stricken with
this
all my life:
there have always been
too many people.

I saw too many faces
today, hundreds of
them
with eyes, ears, lips,
mouths, chins, so
forth…

and
I’ve been alone
now
for several hours
drinking

and
I feel that I am
recovering

which is good
but my main problem
is
that I know I’m going to
have to go out there
again.

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