The Introvert That Can't Stop Talking

The Introvert That Can't Stop Talking

A Poem by Livana Lowell

Question. 
When you think of an introvert,
what do you see? 
A frail lady standing in a grocery line
wearing a hoodie 
like one would hold an umbrella,
trying to keep her from the rain
of eye contact so she can avoid
streams of conversations
to which would be dry anyways
because small talk is not really her thing
and she doesn't really like people anyways.

Or do you see that same lady
at home on a Friday night full of bored sighs,
miserable, because her introversion imprisons her
and constantly hovers over her like a dutiful jailer 
wondering when will she grow out of this
like people always say. 
Depression settling in the pages of a book
cradled in her lap until that's all she is reading. 

But. 
When I think of an introvert, I look in the mirror. 
I see a colorful illustration of why introvert stereotypes
are complete bullshit. 
Introversion is not a prison I seek to escape from
Seeking to escape introversion 
is like saying I seek to escape my very own skin.
I love my skin. 
Introversion is not the same as being shy,
antisocial, or being depressed.
If you see me in the grocery line,
I will offer a smile to everyone around me,'
hold joy and love on my tongue and in the book
cradled in my lap on a Friday night. 
It's my favorite kind of party right in my chair, 
that or eating up chips, queso, and a side of topics
like life, liberalism, or literature 
in a Tex-Mex place downtown with 3-4 friends. 
Conversations with people for me is like a dance in the rain,
a stream I love to dive into, touch the bottom, be swept away
The only thing is that once I'm done dancing
or once I need to come up for air
I will retreat to my home
or a leisure stroll in the park alone. 
I am not inferior to an extrovert.
I can breathe fire from my throat,
inspire a crowd with flames on my words
Nor am I scarred or frail
I walk through life with a sword and chain mail. 
I fight through life like everybody else
just a little more by myself. 



© 2017 Livana Lowell



Author's Note

Livana Lowell
I consider myself to be a more outgoing introvert. But no matter what, I will always be an introvert.

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Your idea of an introvert so resonates with mine. Though I agree I'm not really fond of people in general but those with Whom I'm close to, I am to the point of being clingy. ;p Conversations too would engage me more if they're more of a deeper level than on the superficial small talk one... I love the dance in the rain analogy you used.
A brilliant write - I don't think I've read anything here so far except yours which covers the real meaning of being an introvert :)

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.



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I liked your thoughts and logic on introverts. I believe different levels.
"I walk through life with a sword and chain mail.
I fight through life like everybody else
just a little more by myself. "
The above lines. I understand. Introverts must be involved in life. We must pay attention to the people of a few words and not wanting to be the star. Thank you Livana for sharing your amazing poetry and thoughts.
Coyote

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Beautifully written! I'm so happy that I stumbled into this poem. You paint the words so well, feels like you wrote this piece about me. I'm happy I'm not the only outgoing introvert :) thank you for sharing this amazing piece!

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Your idea of an introvert so resonates with mine. Though I agree I'm not really fond of people in general but those with Whom I'm close to, I am to the point of being clingy. ;p Conversations too would engage me more if they're more of a deeper level than on the superficial small talk one... I love the dance in the rain analogy you used.
A brilliant write - I don't think I've read anything here so far except yours which covers the real meaning of being an introvert :)

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

i am kind of both too...i live for people and interaction...but i long for the solitude i have when i retreat to my own place...

i really like "the rain of eye contact"

j.

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There are loners who are happy being loners and there are lonely loners then there are loners who enjoy 'some' company some of the time but enjoy their own company all of the time - the list is endless.
A spectrum.
You painted a personal portrait here and it's as unique as the next persons Livana. Well done.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Livana Lowell
Livana Lowell

Huntsville, TX



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Sooo, hello guys! Not much to say about me. I've been a writer since I was in kindergarten. I used to write stories about dinosaurs surviving the meteor (my favorites ones usually lived) because I had.. more..

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