Original poetry by Ima Essien


In recognition of National Poetry Month, The El Segundo Scene will be publishing some poetry by our editorial intern, local high-school student-writer Ima Essien.


Enjoy!




Who would you be if you weren’t afraid?


Would you be on the moon viewing the stars without a magnifying glass?

Or would you be on stage dancing in front of your peers?

Are you climbing Mount Everest or speaking your truth?

Wearing the outfit no one dares to imagine

Or confessing your love to the one you can’t stop imagining


Is it you that’s afraid?

Afraid of the consequences

Opinions

Stares

Comments

Tears

Love

Success


They say the only way through is to conquer it

But symptoms may include

Trembling

Stuttering

Laughs

but only in my mind

The doctor has yet to confirm that these will occur

but you believe it

Belief is easy

Overcoming obstacles is not


But who would you be if you weren’t afraid?

Would you be human?



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