The Approach MAG

February 19, 2014
By Sfsf11 BRONZE, Cornwall On Hudson, New York
Sfsf11 BRONZE, Cornwall On Hudson, New York
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What is the difference between
Talking with people and talking to people?
“With” brings unity.
“To” requires an approach.
It is that simple.

Approaching, however, brings complexity.
It can bring dispute,
It can bring rejection.
It requires courage,
A courage that causes anxiety.

I sit in one of many chairs lined up on
the stage.
A podium to my left,
Another student to my right.
Why does he seem to be so relaxed, while
I am sitting restlessly?
I covet his tranquility.

My turn is on the verge.
I aim to listen intently to others talk,
But all I hear is my voice fluttering,
Telling me to give up before trying,
Telling me to run away to relief,
To taciturnity.

It is my turn.
All eyes are on me,
Like the sun's rays beating on my skin,
My face turns rubescent.
My hands are clammy, aimlessly fidgeting.
I look down: My foot is tapping to its
own rhythm .
My mouth opens, stumbling on what it
had practiced to say.
What a courageous fool I must look like.


The author's comments:
When I sat down with the aspiration to write a poem, I was indecisive of exactly what I should write about. I was hoping to do something personal, but something that could also be relatable to the reader. I began thinking of things I find pleasant and the emotions they bring me, however soon I discovered that maybe writing about an unpleasant feeling would attract the reader's attention more. The idea of writing about a fear presented itself, and I thought of public speaking almost immediately. I am hopeful that the reader will take away a better understanding of this fear. If the reader can relate to this poem, I just would like to have shown that no one is alone in a fear like this one.

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on Feb. 24 2014 at 6:04 pm
Trinityja BRONZE, Sterling Forest, New York
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Favorite Quote:
I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
—Anais Nin

This is the best poem I have ever read;) Congrats again.

on Feb. 23 2014 at 2:42 pm
princessrachel GOLD, Wilmington, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
You have to be willing to sacrifice who you are for what you can become.

Great poem! Very relatable..


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