I’m a member of a literary/fashion magazine at my school, and someone suggested that we publish poetry in addition to our musings on clothes, TV and lifestyles.
I thought it was a good idea at the time and even thought that I might publish something of my own. “Why not?” I thought. “I’ve got to share my poetry at some point!”
But now, as the submission deadline is drawing closer and closer, I’m just not so sure anymore. Yes, the only people who would really read my poem would be my friends, but do I really want them knowing that I love writing poetry? And what if they think that my poetry isn’t good? Granted, they wouldn’t tell me to my face, but that almost makes it worse, since I wouldn’t know if they were lying about how they felt about my poems or if they were telling the truth.
So that’s my conundrum: to publish or not to publish. I don’t know whether I’m ready to share my innermost thoughts since I’m a pretty private person, which is definitely a part of me that I have a love-hate relationship with.
So, what do you think? Should I publish my poems or wait until I go to college (in seven short months!) to share my love of poetry with the people around me?
I’ll have to think this through. I don’t want to regret this, but I’m also scared to give up my shield of privacy.