“My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.”
Dejan Stojanovic


I feel belittled

     when you shush me


so what


my emotions carry me away


excitement bubbles in my voice

     to tell you

what colour the world is


but the words dry in my mouth

     become as small as my voice


the hushed tale will never be told

     lost in a sea of embarrassment


my heart shrinks a little

     thoughts evaporate


     seeps into

my damp mind

How do you feel when someone shushes you for being “too loud/excited”?


32 Responses

    1. I am okay to be shushed when I am being too loud. But when I am in middle of excitedly telling a story, shushing me just puts a damper on my mood and I get discouraged to continue speaking.

  1. Years ago, I lost my luggage and when airline found it, my family and I were jumping up and down and yelling with excitement and someone screamed “shut up.” 😂 not everyone can share in your joy.

  2. Oh God, I don’t understand why people rain on others parade over things they are excited about (unless it’s harmful). It’s just such a mean and bitter thing to do. Lovely poem! So relatable.

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