Out of Hiding

I was taught to be modest,

or maybe it was meek.

Things like, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…..” and

“turn the other cheek.”

I am no longer playing by those rules.

Trying to be that nice little girl.

Feeling different,

afraid of being judged,

is a thing of the past.

Now, that I let my true self show

I hear, “You’re classy.  You’re vibrant!  You glow!

I used to soften my square jaw with a long hair style,

as I’d been instructed to do.

My new stylist says, “It’s an asset.  Show it off! It’s a strength for you!”

I cut my own hair now….ultra short punk!  Showing off my square jawline and high cheekbones.

I get more compliments on my appearance than I have in my entire life!

I used to hide my art thinking it only something I liked.

Now it hangs in local establishments, in art galleries,

a bank in Texas, on a kitchen wall in Seoul.

I used to hide my writing, assuming no one would read it until after I died.

Now I share it with the world nearly every day!

I used to hide my thoughts, worrying others would think I was weird.

Now I value being different.  Being unique is preferable.

Most I meet seem to love me.  Now I love me too!

I used to hide my soul from myself, and everyone around me.

Now I take every opportunity to let it shine!


I am overjoyed,

to be fully Alive!

Copyright Suzanne Norton 2015

About Suzanne

I write poetry, flash fiction, quotes and personal essays. Words flow forth like a river that cannot be dammed. Writing is my soul.
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5 Responses to Out of Hiding

  1. Suzanne says:

    Reblogged this on learningtocry.wordpress.com and commented:

    Did some editing on Out of Hiding. Let me know what you think. I Loooove comments. : )


  2. Sounds liberating…. Would be interested in seeing your artwork….


  3. tonirahman says:

    This is another word(s) for TRANSFORMATION. Wow. How beautiful it is. Thank you for showing us the way Suzanne. It is so inspiring. Keep writing and keep being you!


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