The Wallflower by Akinsànyà Naomi

From shining bright to wallflower’s plight,  
I hide in shadows, shrinking from sight.  
I can take any form as long as I’m hidden,  
Losing myself in a world I’ve forbidden. 
Reminded of my past, I feel small and weak,  
Longing for the person I used to be.
My body reminds me I’m no longer it’s owner,
And I’m left in the dark with a gaping hole. 
Others try to pull me into the light,  
Hopeful eyes shining, guiding my sight.  
But do I deserve their unwavering hope?  
Have I really lost all my shining scope? 
I question my worth, clinging to my pain,  
Wondering how I can shine bright again.  
So I keep shrinking, a wallflower in disguise,  
Watching others shine with envious eyes.

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Pencilmarks and Scribbles Magazine was founded in 2017 by Clara Jack to be a home for African writers, asking them to come as they are and giving them room for growth. The publication aims to give back to the Nigerian Literary scene for the things it has given us.