Lonely Noise

Silent heart ache
Room abuzz, eyes blur to fuzz
Muted pain.

Couples, pairs and such
Addressed, counted
Tax break.

While I wait
Smile I fake
Alone in a crowd.

Back at home, again all alone.
Dog's deep sigh
News the lullaby, echoes of alone
He hears.

Nanette A. Walden
July 2004

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