Second Hand Embarrassment

To me Second Hand Embarrassment is a physical feeling.

Like that second before you fall over

When your stomach lurches and your heart pumps

And there's nothing you can do to stop it.

To me Second Hand Embarrassment is a temporal affair.

Like watching a train wreck

You can see everything falling apart

and yet there's nothing you can do to stop it.

To me Second Hand Embarrassment is an embarrassing feeling to feel.

Like when you're scared of something ridiculous

It doesn't affect you, not really

And yet there's nothing you can do to stop it.

And it's silly. It's silly if I'm watching a show or a movie,

And I have to pause it because I can anticipate the embarrassment,

And I have to cover my ears, close my eyes to avoid the shame,

And I can feel it in my stomach,

And in the slight buzz that over takes my shoulders as they try to close in on themselves,

And it's silly.

And I know that. I do.

And I've tried to just ignore it

And it's not like there's anything I can do about it,

And yet there's nothing you can do to stop it.