I Was Never Taught

Updated on May 29, 2018
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Olivia is a Junior getting her undergraduate in Psychology. She has always enjoyed writing but could never find quite the right outlet.

I Was Never Taught - Poem

I was never taught how to take care of my nails.

I was never taught how to curl my hair.

I was never taught how to shave my legs.

I was never taught how to put mascara on.

I was never taught how to put a tampon in.

I wasn't taught a lot of things.

I taught myself a lot of things.

I learned that certain things were taboo.

I learned how to get ahead in the world through hard work and blunt honesty.

I learned to break down in silence and alone.

I learned to shield my emotions and wear my mask every day.

I learned to put up a wall of bitch and condescension.

I learned how to plan,

and how to not follow through.

I learned what it's like to be in an abusive relationship

Many times.

I learned what alcoholism smells like.

I learned what the pride of recovery looks like.

I learned what mental illness looks like in people who aren't allowed to speak,

Only pray.

I learned that the familiar adage of a wallflower being applied to me from 6th grade

And on has formed me into a beautiful and flourishing flower.

A mix of pastels, blacks, and greys thrown onto a wall.

Another layer of colors added every year

showing the growth of my inner being.

That through silence has learned how to detect problems from facial expressions

Or a tone change.

Silence taught me how to listen.

It taught me how to care and empathize.

It taught me how to turn the mingle of greys and blacks at the end of the year into a Mix of pastel purples and blues.

This picture was taken 3 years ago in my favorite spot in a nature preserve where I learned how to explore the world.
This picture was taken 3 years ago in my favorite spot in a nature preserve where I learned how to explore the world. | Source

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        8 months ago from United Kingdom

        Nice poem, it remembered by childhood days.


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