Be small

This post is part of a series called 100 Days of Poetry.

Be small, stay silent,
calm down, you’re too

I just don’t know how not to.

My entire life has been a very careful
prescription of shining just enough to pass
the test but never more. 

I have been controlling the Illumination,
tightly winding myself up its coil to stop it
from being seen

Because I was never told, but always
taught, that to shine brighter than you

Would be the death of me.

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