If you see me alone at a table for two,
I’m not looking for pity, it’s just what I do.
When you’re out together, laughing aloud,
Don’t think that I’m sad not to be in your crowd.
Sometimes I’m discovered alone with a book,
I don’t care if you snigger, don’t mind if you look,
Won’t take offense if you sneer at the Classics
(they’re often quite tricky, those polysyllabics).
One mouth, two ears: perhaps no coincidence?
Maybe it’s time we tried something different?
I’ll speak up some more, if you talk half as much.
Might give you a peek if you look but don’t touch.
You’ll see that our difference is less than it seems,
First goes a leader, then comes the team.
Think for yourself and there will come a day
You’ll catch up the introvert showing the way.
Erik Kaisson, 2017