“Hiding In Disguise” Poem of the Day (2022)

Hiding In Disguise

By Ashley O’Hare

All of my childhood bullies

corrupted how I felt about me.

Every snide little comment

a swift kick below the knee.

Too nerdy if I compete in the spelling bee.

Too weird if I accept the role in the play of “tree.”

Never a moment unseen.

Would somebody please hide me?

Year after year

I can’t wash out my eyes.

Thousands of tears

cannot make me accept my size

or the hobbies that make me tick–

it all makes them sick.

I will never understand why

they felt the need to try

and force me into a disguise.

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