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Alone, weary and frightened.
Others around cannot reach through,
Cannot scale the wall of difference.
This is a curse.
To see the colors of others' souls,
And yet to not be seen.
Invisible, like a ghost.
Lost behind the barrier of difference.
Apart from the world of substance.
Lost, wandering, searching for something,
And knowing not what.
Dreams that torment with cruel hope.
Children on a carousel, laughing with glee.
Reminders of the isolation and separation.
Apart, on the fringes, seen yet unseen,
Here, yet not here.
Always apart, always different, alone.
Can anyone see a soul bleed?
Can anyone feel a shadow?
Will anyone try?
Tears shed where no one can see.
Pretense of reality, of significance,
Foolish dreams of love and care.
Like a shout into a gale, an exercise in futility.
© May 28, 1999