Villanelle for the Masses

We’re all the names you needn’t know,
our faceless faces pass on by,
and you won’t miss us when we go.

Witnesses to the day’s unnoticed hello’s,
every mechanical wave and smile.
We’re all the names you needn’t know.

We crowd your space on the train ride home,
to your front and back and on either side,
and you won’t miss us when we go.

The loveless lover with no love to show,
gone by dawn after last, unfelt night.
We’re all the names you needn’t know.

Nothing more than the undertow.
You’re the wave cresting proud and high,
and you won’t miss us when we go.

That sea still drowns us just below
your nonchalant, aversive eye.
We’re all the names you needn’t know,
and you won’t miss us when we go.

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