image by Sarolta Ban
He hides his nervousness behind a Mercurochrome mask
feels the grittiness of a public humiliation just the same
with no particular reason that he can articulate.
It's just the size of everything is so outlandish.
The rivers of mascara that flow like lava.
Mars and Jupiter staring him down.
What phobia should he choose
as he recoils from it all?
He has become the two legged atom
randomized and feeling underfoot
an ant fleeing as the real world trudges on.
Michael A. Wells