Mixed Messages poem #8: ‘Being human’

Rafa Mora Arévalo
Face in the Crowd. Image by Rafa Mora Arévalo. Shared under a Creative Commons Licence available at http://www.flickr.com

Being human

It was all new to me. I googled your name,

closed the browser window when your photo

appeared – I understood what I had felt.


I’ve driven the long way round to see

if you were there. I stood on a log,

looked into the crowd, found your face,


and I hid. I really do rile at myself.

I feel so unfriendly – I just want to be friendly

but I’ve unvolunteered my volunteering.


I miss the daily pulse-quickening of seeing you

Avoiding you is easily the hardest thing

I’ve ever had to do.

This poem, like all the others in the Mixed Messages project was created using found text contributed by the public in voicemails, texts, emails and tweets. If you missed the earlier poems in the series, you can catch up here.


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