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Stage Fright

June 5, 2013
By kikixkupkake GOLD, San Marcos, California
kikixkupkake GOLD, San Marcos, California
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Favorite Quote:
"The things that walk out when we open our minds." -Dylan McCoy

Some people ask me how it feels when i preform:
The only way to explain it is that it feels like I'm torn.
My throat steals all my words and my brain just lets go;
I trick myself into forgetting even though i still know.
My thoughts turn to liquid and leak through my eyes,
I'm a ship with an anchor but I loose all my ties.
I want to ask, "How's it feel to sink, sink down and sink down?"
In my head they reply, "We don't know how to drown."
I'm pushing out words but the door is still shut,
People stare, some annoyed, say, "It's not that tough."
But I feel locked up completely, I wish you'd understand.
My words just dissolve, they're washed away with the sand.
I feel like a house, windows nailed up with boards
My tongue, when I'm up there, just cant find the words.
It'd be a joke if I said when I'm up there I'm fine,
I'd tell a story, a poem, but i forget how to rhyme.
Maybe my poetry's meant for the beholder to read it,
But some's not, I have to say it, I can feel it.
When I'm up there I feel like I just need to give up.
When I'm talking I'm afraid that I'm not enough.
I'm a poet, it's cliche, but I can still write it down,
Yet the moment I'm up there I can't make a sound.
So how's if feel, when I'm onstage? When I'm scared and can't talk?
It feels like I'm dying and the remedy's blocked.

The author's comments:
I have horrible stage fright, and this poem answers many questions I have been asked.

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on Mar. 11 2015 at 11:44 am
Nightingale74 PLATINUM, Beavercreek, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"When you need something to believe in, believe in yourself."
"A poem unwritten is only a thought; unshared, unsaid..."

I love this poem! I felt like I could really I have pretty bad stage fright as well. You have a really nice rhythm and flow, which makes it very easy for the reader to "hear" it in their head. But what really sticks out to me is the emotion and thought behind your words. I love how you are describing how hard it is for you to perform...yet you still perform. Even though it's terrifying and you feel like your dying, you don't let that stop you from doing what you love.

on Mar. 8 2015 at 7:21 pm
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I love how you answer the first line with the last line :). Good job

on Aug. 5 2013 at 7:26 pm
SwanSong SILVER, Millville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

I love that this is not only just a poem, but that it has a strong personal meaning to you. This tells your story really well. Some of the rhymes are a little off though. Other than that, I love the rhythm of this!