Why must we all be so inhibited?
It’s like free speech is prohibited.
So many thoughts unexpressed,
Leaving listeners uninspired and unimpressed.
There seems to be a social norm
That we all have to follow since we were born,
But at least as children we spoke our minds,
Hearing “they don’t know any better” all the time.
But that was okay;
Our parents didn’t want us to drift away,
But couldn’t protect us from society
And all it’s limitations and propriety.
Me, I’ve always been shy;
Just not the most talkative guy.
But what others seem to overlook
Is I’m listening intently which is often mistook
And seen as disinterest
But that’s hardly the case.
I listen and learn while they speak,
But I hear much that is not unique.
People seem to share the same stories
Over and over until they are boring,
Instead of opening up their hearts and souls
And sharing without such strict controls.
I can’t be a hypocrite though
Because my own expression is slow
And I don’t open up right away
Even though I have so much to say.
It’s all trapped in my head
And probably will be until I’m dead,
But I hope to get everything out
And speak my mind unladened of doubt.
Maybe one of these days
I’ll just give it all away,
But until then I’ll still listen
Hoping for for a look within.