The introvert inside of me

The dread I feel at Christmas

The crowds that cannot be escaped

My introvert, so successfully hidden

Has nowhere to turn

Has nowhere to find an interlude

Of Quiet

Of Sereneness

Nowhere now is safe


This recluse inside of me

Puts up with many things

Of facing students all day long

Then facing children’s sports

It gets to the end of a long school year

And wants nothing more to hide


But then comes Christmas

Wam and Bam

Parties, functions and then the fam.

My introvert just wants to curl up and snuggle

A book, a pen and paper, a cup of tea, a good movie

Some take away and quiet time


So now I hang, two days before

The longest social function

Enforcing a quiet day of solitude

Content to be social only with myself.

6 Comments on “The introvert inside of me

  1. I used to feel just as you do. I finally have the peace and quiet – my boys are grown and gone, my husband and I are retired (we were both teachers) and last year we moved to a quiet country setting, and we’ve drastically cut back on the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the season. We spend most of the Christmas season quietly at home now (including Christmas Day; the boys and their wives and my granddaughter come on Boxing Day). Its a nice change of pace, and feeds my inner introvert! (May I also say that you have a wonderful way with words; that you can write a poem so ‘effortlessly’ every day impresses me enormously!)


    • Thank you. I am looking forward to quiet Christmases but in the mean time I will simply steal a few quiet moments when I can. (I have many years left of hussle and bussle). Merry Christmas


  2. If you want to avoid Christmas, then you can go to China :). You will see how fake it is actually :).


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