Learn to Perform

Sometimes when I am on my own

I like to read my poetry out loud,

it is something I could never

see me doing in front of a crowd.

For I am too self-conscious

and would fear I might stumble

so then my words would come out

in an incoherent jumble.

When I am alone, I can start again

if I should make a mistake

and it doesn’t matter to me

how long it may take.

But to read my words in public

I would have to learn how to perform

when I really only write

with the intention to inform

people how it is alright

to feel a little different

and not to waste their time

waiting for someone’s encouragement.



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