Fear of Silence

Some people are afraid of being alone
but my fear runs deeper than that.


I fear the quiet of the world
perchance my mind will
overwhelm the silence.


I cannot handle isolation
from these trivial distractions,
otherwise my thoughts could deafen me.


I sleep with the steady hum
of a television screen
to calm my unrelenting brain.


There is no greater fear
than the one you cannot escape.

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