In a competition with myself

To best my past efforts

Re-reading old pieces

Filled with lines written

In hesitation, of public opinion.

Holding back ideas,

That I thought

People would never like

If I didn’t give them

What they sought,

A people-pleaser, who transitioned

From a kid who’s undoubtedly shy

To an adult destined

To make people’s light bulbs fry.


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