Flinch and flicker

I put all the bits and pieces
together in my head
to try see all the bits and pieces
not said between your words.

I know that is a curse-gift,
too sensitive and aware
that I so easily
read things from people
they don’t even know they share.
And I know it frightens people some-
because it frightens me the same.

But what used to completely
stall me with analysis
of every bit of everything,
read every tiny wince
or barbed term or look aside,
every flinch and flicker,
every sigh, strain or shrug,
and tell myself how terrible
that made me
and that everyone
wanted nothing
more than to get
away from me-
now I’ve turned that
away from myself.

The place my sensitivity
was so far off
was the place it needed
kind tuning the most.

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