I keep coming back to this poem and it's high time I left some form of comment! Basically, I'm really really touched. The brevity of this poem amazes me... how is it that you've said so much in so little?!
good poetry makes me ache because it puts into words all these vague ideas no-one else has been able to clarify... you've done just that.
I love how you started with "And". It's like i've been placed right in the middle of something - like being in the middle of that crowd where you're so drowning in peple that you forget what loneliness is. coated and layered in so many people... i love that loneliness flings ashes. that's perfect too. most of all, i love this faintly naive, confused 'blink' before we are blinded. like how i finished reading this poem and paused and then it hit me.
you've gripped me in, what, 27 words? not even particularly unusual words? how did you do it?!
you are an artist who has placed words in just the right order and just the right way to tug on my heartstrings. thank you very much!