Aged eleven
In grade seven
Filled with dreams and ambition

A public speaker
Confident with teachers
Tried out for a recitation competition

Forgot lines
My tongue entwined
Left the stage in humiliation

Bitter taste
Of failure faced
Now leaves me with trepidation

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (30 September 2015)



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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    30 September 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Hey Saanchi, we are allowed to fail and get up to conquer the world. We are human beings, after all:)
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  • Nabanita
    30 September 2015 at 3:00 pm

    When I was in the 7th standard, I had taken part in a debate ..Well, my teachers forced me to take part and I couldn’t say a word on stage…It still gives me the jitters!

    Well,w ritten
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  • Anusha
    30 September 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Interesting that both of us chose to write on failure!

  • Bikram
    30 September 2015 at 8:51 pm

    OH NO.. reminds me of my class 8th episode.. I felt so dreadful after that …

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  • Joe Owens
    30 September 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve been here before.

  • Kathy
    1 October 2015 at 2:21 am

    The bitter taste of defeat…I have tasted that before! Brilliant take. Failure never tastes very good.
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  • Ruby Manchanda
    1 October 2015 at 2:44 am

    I can relate to this. Blank on stage. That’s me.

  • Soumya
    1 October 2015 at 3:44 am

    I’ve struggled with stage fear for years initially. Since I was a topper in school, I was called to give all the speeches and host all the shows. I used to sweat and panic before each now. As years passed, I slowly got over it.

    I now host stuff at work peacefully without any glitch. Yeah, having a sense of humor really helps the situation as well 😉

    I hope you got over it too.
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  • Tina
    1 October 2015 at 10:21 am

    I see this every day, with all of my seventh graders. I think it’s an adolescent thing, but so difficult to work through!

  • Jas
    1 October 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Haven’t we all been there 🙂
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  • Nibha
    1 October 2015 at 9:31 pm

    we all fail once in a while in life and it teaches us so many things too!

    PS: interesting rhyming sequence.
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