it’s too loud in here today.
I’ve heard louder, if we’re measuring by decibels,
but my mind doesn’t care about objective scientific measurements;
all I know is that it’s too loud.

it seems to me that
each person speaks with sharper tones,
and every time someone laughs it is a slap to the face
and I swear I can hear everyone in the room chewing
and breathing.

there are so many different sources of noises that
have a right to be there
but I’m angry at them for
the effect they have on me.

wave after wave of sound pounds against my ears.
nobody else seems to notice this auditory barrage, 
so I’ll cover my ears and wait
til I feel normal again.