Shy girl, speak up.
Shy girl, I can’t hear you.
Shy girl, stop hiding behind your mother.
Shy girl, you are not four anymore.
Shy girl, aloof.
Shy girl, distant.
Shy girl, doesn’t mean to be either of those things.
Shy girl, beyond an introvert.
Shy girl, shy heart.
Shy girl, you’ll grow out of it.
Shy girl, it’s just a phase.
Shy girl, social anxiety.
Shy girl, panic.
Shy girl, Xanax to cope with it.
Shy girl, declines an invitation to a dinner party.
Shy girl, refuses to go to a funeral.
Shy girl, fingers tremor when she leaves the house.
Shy girl, heart stammers after slamming the door shut.
Shy girl, defined by awkwardness.
Shy girl, can’t even manage small talk.
Shy girl, missed connections.
Shy girl, lacks connections.
Shy girl, like talking to a brick wall.
Shy girl, two ears and no mouth.
Shy girl, dog is man’s best friend.
Shy girl, dog is her only friend.
Shy girl, lives in the wings.
Shy girl, has made a home on the side lines.
Shy girl, loves being alone, hates being lonely.
Shy girl, appreciates anything that doesn’t talk back.
Shy girl, nervous.
Shy girl, big breaths.
Shy girl, scribbles in her diary.
Shy girl, finishes writing the poem.
Shy girl, reads it to herself, quietly.
Shy girl, reads it to others, a little louder.
Shy girl, praise.
Shy girl, learns to introduces herself.
Shy girl, smiles at strangers on the street.
Shy girl, great listener.
Shy girl, writes out the invitations.
Shy girl, forces herself to send them.
Shy girl, hosts the dinner party.
Shy girl, makes a joke.
Shy girl, brilliant punch line.
Shy girl, funny.
Shy girl, first movie date.
Shy girl, holds hands without sweating.
Shy girl, only apologises when she needs to.
Shy girl, holds her own.
Shy girl, head high.
Shy girl, “You’ve really come out of your shell.”
Shy girl, roar.
Shy girl, go get ‘em.
Shy girl, spotlight.
Shy girl, cracks open a party popper.
Shy girl, unleashes confetti.
Shy girl, surprise.
Shy girl, surprise.

contramonte, “Shy Girl” after Megan Falley’s “Fat Girl

Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; ancient Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness of emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have thirty words for snow, because it is a life-and-death matter to them to have the exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of thirty words for for love… we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for snow; we are close to dying of loneliness because we have only one word for love. Of all the Western languages, English may be the most lacking when it comes to feeling.

Yoram Roth (via cadburycrazed)

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