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Confessions of an Ex-Wallflower

My hands still shake
Whenever someone
I don’t know
Starts talking to me

My voice still drops
To just above
A whisper
Whenever I cannot find
The perfect words

I still ask if I may
Before sitting down
With a group of people
Even if I know
Everyone present

I still sit out
Most of the fast songs
At any given dance
No matter who I’m with

I am stronger than before,
And I am an ex-wallflower

I am not invisible,
Not a shadow
On the fringe of life

I am an ex-wallflower

My hands still shake
But the rest of me
Does not
And I have the confidence
To look people in the eye

My voice drops
But it does not fade
To silence
Because I have the confidence
To speak my mind

I still ask if I may sit with any group of people
But at least I have the confidence
To walk up and ask
Instead of sitting

I still sit out
Most of the fast songs
But now I have enough confidence
To enjoy every single
Slow song
And even a few
Not-so-slow ones

I am stronger now,
And I am an ex-wallflower

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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm
This is really good, and I love it especially because I'm also an ex-wallflower. Great work! Think maybe sometime you can check out mine?
bluebunny said...
Aug. 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

This is a really great poem. I love how people might perceive this person, the ex-wallflower, as weak in the beginning, but then you show them how far that she's come from where she was, and it changed the whole mood. 

Nicely done!!

AnnaC.Wysocki said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm
I love this....I really really do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...
BriarRose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

I'm glad you enjoyed this =] and you are more than welcome.  I actually wrote this as a sequel to a poem I wote called "The Wallflower"


Thanky you for the comment


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