not shy

you’re not shy they say

& they feel that way

because i feel pushed

to give opinion to say

something

before I get crushed even further

by them

I get it

I grew up without attention

the love stuff

so I retreated further inside

but that only isolated me

further

& when I tried to come out

of that lonely place

i’d failed to learn the cues

ways mores other kids had

to become awkward

socially isolated

& times

when I do speak

express myself

all of that comes out wrong

brash brazen strong

& that makes me

an extrovert

apparently

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