Peer Pressure

Who does that? raised eyebrows mock
There are words in my mouth
But I swallow those
and get on with my life

calendars change
so do mindsets
I can’t connect
their irrepressible instincts
to enter doorways
now gone digital

social isolation
is not loneliness
I feel complete
in my work – thoughts
bordering on unboundedness

And of course…
those disruptive people
are only a button away
waiting to enter doorways
to my life and thoughts
with their nosiness
seeking validation
by inclusion

But who does that?
eyebrows raised in mockery again
I do … I speak in audible tones
and get on with my life
They’re there… they’re gone

They’ll be back again
meanwhile, let me strategize
how to get on with my life
cutting through echelons
of ever-changing customs
Styles and traditions

They’re just a passing fad
not a phenomenon…

8 thoughts on “Peer Pressure

  1. I absolutely love this! Especially; “social isolation is not loneliness/I feel complete
    in my work – thoughts bordering on unboundedness.” A most deeply satisfying poem, Reena! Thank you for joining in! ❤️❤️

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