Stage Fright

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
An ode to stage fright, who was once an enemy, and now a friend.

Submitted: October 23, 2019

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I plan to come out of my shell,
I'm nervous as hell;
Wondering if I would do well,
If I'm bad, would they tell?
Would they yell for me to get off the stage?
Make me regret what I put on this page?
Will I walk away in rage?
Ages, I've been waiting for this moment,
And now that I'm here, it's my time to own it;
I came here for a reason,
I woke up in 2019 and said this is my season!
I'm done with the self doubt and beating,
I wanna give poetry a whole 'nother meaning!
Even though I know what I possess,
Standing on this stage is causing me stress;
I'm my own worst critic,
I said that I would do it and I didn't;
Then my son turned to a single digit,
I said this is my time so I'mma get it;
I fidget at sharing my vision,
I'm standing here and yall still listening;
I realized that I'm in control of my mission,
To use this blessing to start living;
And the longer I stand here,
I feel the diminish in my fear;
I'm supported by my peers,
Who've been rocking with me for years;
And I thank you,
For taking the time to,
Be here with me to watch my dreams come true;
But I'm alone in this fight,
Me versus stage fright;
The monster in my closet that keeps me up all night,
But he's all bark and no bite;
He made the attempt but didn't dim my light,
If anything, it made my future look bright,
And gave me the strength to stand here and fight;
I'm already winning,
I can't wait to go backstage and say that I did it;
Opportunity, I almost missed it,
Because I thought as soon as I opened my mouth that yall would diss it,
But yall didn't,
Yall sat here and listened;
Making me feel like I completed my mission,
Like I got the part after auditions;
The recognition that everything I envision,
Can easily be stopped with pessimism;
Optimism is the key,
I gotta believe in me;
In order to achieve my dreams,
Of being who I was destined to be!
So before I bid you all a good night,
I wanna give a middle finger to stage fright.


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