You knew that you ______________.

You didn’t know how to change it.

You avoided others like you and

Never got involved in a conversation

That even came close to the topic.


You imagined ways to fix yourself

And tried them.  Nothing worked.


So, you focus on hiding it from others.

Maybe if you wear these clothes or

Behave this way, nobody would notice.

Hopefully, you will melt into the background

Until you are alone again.


Your days are focused on maintaining the illusion.

It is exhausting but it feels better than the

Embarrassment of everyone knowing.


Then, one day, out of the blue,

Someone you know and, perhaps, trust,

Points to you in a group of people

And says, “Do you know that you ______________?”