shy, a poem

bashful, timid, quiet. shy

If anyone you know has used these terms to describe you, you’re probably a bit shy. Everyone feels that way once in a while. Shyness and social anxiety are common, no matter how old you are.

There is one myth about social anxiety and social anxiety disorder that I would like to dispel. The myth says that social anxiety is just exaggerated shyness. This myth encourages the idea that anxious people are merely weak-willed pushovers. It is partially because of this myth, I think, that well-intentioned people offer the relevant but insensitive and patronizing advice like, “Don’t worry about it!”, “Just do it” and “Face your fears.” 

Thinking on all these, I wrote this poem:


when a shy person speaks,

it’s like music from guitar strings.
when a shy person smiles,
it’s like the sun coming out
when a shy person steps out
it’s like the uncommon visit of gods
when a shy person reclines
it feels like moon eloped from night
when a shy person is ‘i’
do not curve the letter into ‘u’


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Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachi Anyatonwu is a poet from Nigeria. His writings are inspired by everyday happenings and observations with writings that cut across many genres like poetry, prose, essays and music. Jaachi loves to create rich content; creative writing tips, authorship tips, humorous stories and micro poems. He's the author of Sweetness, a collection of poems.

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