All These Strangers 

Strangers in a room
letting go of fears
learning how to dance
gaining the nerve
to be nobody else
but self
taking down defenses
sharing more than sidelong
glances
being ok in present places
ignoring outside presence

all these strangers in this room
are no longer foreign
they are no better than
these people are your equals
and if you find yourself lucky
they may just be your friends

their story starts like yours does
and the ending won’t much differ
so put aside all pretense
leave your inhibitions back at home
swallow down your preference
maybe try something new even

get the fuck up out of your bar chair
and get to know the nearest person
whether friend or companion
these strangers have much to offer
if you’d only get to know them

if you’d only get to unlearn yourself
loosen up, the next round is on me
I don’t care if I don’t get paid till next week
just drink to yourself, and drink another with your neighbor

all these strangers have much to offer
if you’d only get to know them

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