A Series of Poems Inspired By Lived Experience – By Sobia Iqbal
Be Nice! Hold back, hold in,
That's not nice - shut it down.
Authentic expression of truth relegated,
perceived harmony, however fragile must reign.
Tiptoeing around, subtle manipulation,
a defensiveness engendering victimhood.
Rallying others around - save me
from the perpetrator, be my rescuer,
so the drama game can continue.
No need for introspection, growth,
what a loss of power,
ultimately harming me more than any other.