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Oluwatoyin Oke – “O Anxiety”

O Anxiety!
Why tell me I am default and not enough?
Why explain how inept I am to speak or be heard?
Why allow me to look in the mirror for hours, bringing to my knowledge every defect in my form?
Why show me how imperfect my form is and unfit for attention?
O Anxiety!
Why tell me I am weak, lacking, and unfit?
Why tell me “they lie”, when sweet words are uttered to lift my soul?
Why explain how better it is to dart to the toilet and cry,
than take his outstretched hand to dance in my not styleworthy clothes?
Why mark the bathroom as my space in a gathering with friends?
O Anxiety!
Why tell me to sleep in, and not go to that
dinner I was invited to?
Why give me reasons to wear foundation
just to buy a loaf of bread downstairs because I look ugly?
Why tell me not to bother, because I cannot win?
Why tell me to keep all my ideas to myself, because no one would listen?
O Anxiety!
Why tell me “don’t bother trying”, because “you can’t keep up”?
Why tell me I didn’t make it past the first stage because nothing works out for me?
Why give me 10million reasons not to try again, because it will still end in tears?
Why tell me to dance and sway to the music of failure, because success is way too high up for my being?
O Anxiety!
I am flawed, that I know.
So please, let me find peace with my imperfections.
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May 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

Wow,it’s awesome and touching

May 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

Success is always yours dear

Odunsi Deborahreply
May 16, 2020 at 8:46 pm

Hmmmmm…this piece is soo good.I like the content it’s soo overwhelming.The best I’ve seen soo far.Keep it up sis

May 16, 2020 at 8:48 pm

Great job… Nice.. Nice…

Mayowa sundayreply
May 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

I love this, very touching.

Paul I.Areply
May 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

Oh anxiety …. Nice one Oluwatoyin Margaret

Bilesanmi Quadrireply
May 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm

This is nice, her choice of words is apr👌

May 16, 2020 at 11:21 pm

This is amazing and wonderful. Keep doing what you do best

Paul Preciousreply
May 16, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Wow this is the first poem I have ever read to the end, I wanted to scroll to the end at once but on starting it, it was making sence. Each lines was just getting better explaining the meaning of the topic more and more. This is an amazing piece

May 17, 2020 at 6:40 am

Wow this is a great work, more people need to see and read this. I suffered from anxiety at a point in my life, reading this I can feel it and see vividly like a clear picture. This would help people have a better state of mind and improve their self esteem. Good work Oluwatoyin Oke.

Udoka Moses Kingsreply
May 17, 2020 at 7:50 am

O anxiety! Why not show me the right path to stardom? Oh My! Anxiety you’ve done it again, you’ve led me to this wonderful article. Keep it up ma’am

Oluwatobi Ogunwuyireply
May 17, 2020 at 8:40 pm

This beautiful!

May 18, 2020 at 8:38 am

Precisely, this is a heart touching story. A good one

May 19, 2020 at 12:09 am

O anxiety Let me find peace with my imperfections ❤
Nice write up with good content beautifully penned keep it up dearie
To be honest I love every part of it…..

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