Center of Attention

from by Mitch Friedman



Center of Attention

Look, don't look at me

Don't ask me to chime in
I'm more comfortable to grin
I can have some fun
with a one-on-one
Any more and my nerves win

I'm a private extrovert
who can come across as curt
But there's no disdain
It's just social pain
and I'm quiet when I'm hurt

Center of attention
is a spot I should not be
Center of attention
I prefer periphery
I'm giving notice on being noticed
so pay no mind to me

With a personality
that prefers you leave me be
The pressure to
entertain you
out loud might make me flee

My resting state is shy
which is not to imply
that I won't perk up
if a girl says yup
After all, I am a guy

Center of attention
is not where I reside
Center of attention
I'd rather run and hide
I'm gonna protest being hostess
so let my presence slide

Shower my work with kudos
Who I am is what I do
Modesty is just a pseudo-
nym for needing to be mute

Center of attention
is a tense scenario
Center of attention
Where did my Xanax go?
Make me the focus and hocus pocus,
I'm Marcel Marceau


from BREAKING MUSE, released July 7, 2017



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