Pressed tightly
my lips
practice
politeness

Pressure builds
like a volcano
I wait for
the eruption
of uncensored
truth

-Hold your tongue

Sometimes I feel like I might explode, or melt, under all the weight of the words I hold back. The other day someone said something to me which felt like a stab to my chest, and I choked on the words I wanted to say back:
I wrote in my journal "Excuse me, you hurt my feelings" and that is when I realized... I will confront the person who hurt me because I am not a person who lets people walk over them/hurt them without speaking up for myself. If I have learned anything over the past couple years... you must speak up and defend yourself.