Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010


by Loay Hady

Oh no, I feel ridiculously shy,
And once again, it’s the same reason why.
You’ve just strolled up next to me and stood by my side,
And it takes all my courage to fumble out ‘hi’
I’m feeling childishly nervous, like ‘butterflies in my tummy’
I’m desperate to impress, wanna say something funny
But I don’t wanna mess it up, so I just shuffle my feet,
But unfortunately because I’ve said hi, you’re expecting me to speak.
I open my mouth, but then with a yawn, style it out,
I’d rather be silent and thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt.
The moment grows awkward, and you start looking around,
I’ve managed a half smile, but still make no sound.
And my mind screams at me, ‘here’s a dozen things to say’
But before the torrent spills, I find myself walking away.
I round a corner and wonder, ‘what the hell was that?’
Seems every time I see you I get a mild panic attack
But now you’re not around, its gone and I feel fine,
So I guess I’ll spend the rest of the day, perfecting what to say next time.
And though I know that’s quite keen, I don’t care too much,
Cos I wanna find the right words, to make something more of this crush.

Added: 24.02.2010