All Things to All People: Journey of a People Pleaser. Collective Shadow Work

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.