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To the boy who prefers spending Friday nights at home:

the world does not understand how beautiful silence sounds
As you crack open that book you've been waiting to read,
  or plug in your computer,
    or listen to music,
or just maybe stare at the night sky from your bedroom window-
(please) remember what everyone else seems to forget;
that being alone does not always equal lonely--
and that sometimes no company is the best company there is. 


To the girl who does not speak up in class: 

I was once you. 
You are not deficient, I promise, despite everyone telling you otherwise. 
You might be the only one who will ever know the universes 
tucked inside your head, 
because they are beautiful secrets you cannot bring yourself to share,
for fear that they might be vandalized. 
When you speak, it is a whisper, 
like a dandelion, like a feather, like your mother tucking you in at night 
after you have fallen asleep. 
People will tell you to speak up, speak louder,
but keep that beautiful dandelion voice of yours, 
because you must know that
volume isn't always necessary to be heard, 
and that the ones who really want to hear you (the ones who really matter), 


To the introverts: 

Too often, we hate ourselves for not being enough.
For not being loud enough,
for not being assertive enough,
for not speaking enough,
for not going out enough,
I want to tell you that you are

(I promise.) 
Nowadays I see loads of people feeling bad about being introverts, like they're not enough. Please do not feel bad, friend. It is not you that is the problem; we live in a society where extroversion is rewarded and introverts are cast to the side. However, just because we are internally inclined does not mean we are deficient or lacking in something. I've been seeing a lot of wonderful writing on here that's been about introversion, but more often than not it's about introversion being a hindrance or something negative. I wanted to write something to counteract that. 

I love you all, extroverts and introverts alike. :heart: 

(c) me

This piece was also inspired by imperfect-parachute's poem, How to Love an Introvert. Check it out and leave her some nice words! 

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endlessstarryskies Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I'm an introvert, I can very much relate to your poem. My favorite line is "or just maybe stare at the night sky from your bedroom window." Very well written.
sylveda Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Writer
Thank you so much hon! :heart: I'm so glad you like it. 
RedF0x11 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I really love this piece as an extrovert who seems to keep finding amazing introverts to talk to :-) I think you have quite soundly got the crux of the matter here in this poem, and I hope that it is well conveyed to those who read it, because it is a brilliant point :-) My favorite part of it all is definitely the part about soft voices being heard by those who wish to hear, because it is extremely true :-)
Thank you very much Sylveda for being amazing and writing such a wonderful poem :-D :glomp: (I hope the hug is okay :-) )
sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Writer
Aw, thank you so much! It's so lovely hearing from the other side of the spectrum; thank you so much for your kind words! (and yes, hugs are most definitely okay :) :huggle:
RedF0x11 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
It was my pleasure :-) though i am not the strongest of extroverts :-)
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. :hug:  What a wonderful, encouraging poem!! :clap:  I will definitely be sharing this around wherever I can. (If that's cool with you.) 

Thanks for this. 
sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! And yes, that is definitely fine with me; I really appreciate it! :heart:
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :) 
DynamiteHearts Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. ♥
sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Writer
no, thank you :heart: 
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