Don’t mind parties,
ignore the gnawing insecurities
that wrap themselves around your abdomen,
so you have to cross your arms to stand straight.
No, that group across the room is not laughing
at your shirt
clothes you donned thinking this would be more
The coach in your head
claps hands together once,
“Don’t talk about yourself
or your passions-
they might think you are weird.
Stick to questions,
so the burden of the conversation is on them;
weather, career, the food here,
these things are stable
to balance on with confidence you
don’t actually possess.