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"Perception"
Lingering between
The       Spoken and heard
            Said and meant
            Present and seen
            With and without

Waiting in the wings
Changing its mask
To suit your mood
Unaware of
          Expectation
Unaware of
          Despondence
Unaware
Of the words that
          Fall
Through the cracks
Only to be picked up later
Forced into a
Nonsensical assembly
Of subtle glances
And false smiles
And personal assurances
Of things that have
Never been.

The        pauses in phrasing
             misheard words
             lack of emotion

They stalk you, in the wilds of your
Over-analytics
In the valleys of your
Crippling neuroses
Sequestered on the shores of
Narcissism and Timidity
Bumbling between
Fiction and Fact

Obsession finds you
Sinking in Fangs
Of delusion
And want
Drawing first blood
You clutch
Falling pieces,
Hands stained
     With Anxiety
               Followed by
                       Inexplicable

                       Serenity.
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