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Wilting Wallflower

A Poem on Ostracism

By Michelle LiewPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Wilting Wallflower
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I'm quite certain that all of us would say that they have been on the receiving end of ostracism. I don't deal with it very well, since it is a deliberate action against someone who does not deserve it. 

Ostracism is emotional abuse. It is difficult to pinpoint and harder to handle because it is subtle. 

Managing ostracism is a complex process. It is difficult to do so, especially when one is a wallflower. 

Seeking support is important, as is assertive communication. People who ostracise wish to communicate negative perspectives of another person, so wallflowers need to maintain healthy perspectives of themselves. While they need to forgive, they must seek inclusion elsewhere. 

Enjoy these freestyle verses. 


Wilting by the door

Shedding petals 

Lagging stem


Needs strength

Of the fertile soil 

Of all seeds sown

Gentle flower

Needs the strength

In supplicant stem

To stand


needs extend

Stem and leaves

Open its petals 



About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    Michelle, this is lovely and descriptive. It describes introverts at a party where they know only the person who brought them.

  • Gargie S Anand2 months ago

    This is becoming common among students living in hostels or elsewhere. You pointed it right "Seeking support is important". And seeking help, helps too.

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