Two-way road trip

Written By: Sara Ashour and Iman Yehia

This poem is a dialogue between an extrovert and an introvert. The Extrovert initiates the conversation in an attempt to approach the introvert and the introvert responds in an analogous way. First, they reveal their personality traits, then they become friends despite their distinctness. They learn from each other and influence each other. The spread of Coronavirus turns their lives upside down. Each one discovers a new side of their personality and learns to adapt to the current situation. 

When I first met you

I thought you were an elegant and shy person

I did not know who you are

I thought you were not welcoming me into your life

I did not know how to make you open up

When I first met you

I thought you were an enthusiastic and social person.

I did not know how to attract you

I thought you were welcoming me into your life

I did not know how to open up.

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When I first approached you.

I spoke and spoke

I heard little but you attracted me

I wanted to know more about you

When you first approached me

 I listened and listened

I spoke little but I was happy to open up

I wanted to tell you more.

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You want to know where I get my energy from

I get my energy from people

I get my energy from socializing

I get my energy from speaking up

You want to know where I get my energy from

I get my energy from myself

I get my energy from reflecting

I get my energy from spending time on my own.

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You want to know what makes me feel down

I feel down when I am alone

I feel down when in lockdown 

You want to know what makes me feel down

I feel down after being around people for so long

I feel down for not having a break from chitchats.

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Whenever there are gatherings or discussions

I want to be heard, I want to be noticed

I am fluent, I shall speak up

I do not want to be a shadow in place

Whenever there are gatherings or discussions

I want to listen, I want to observe 

I am not fluent, I shall keep quiet

I do not want to be the center of attention.

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Do you know what I like about you? 

I like how you are socially intelligent

I like how you are a good listener 

I like how wise your advices are

Do you know what I like about you?

I like how social you are

I like how outgoing you are

I like that you are a good public speaker.

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When we became friends 

I learned how to reflect 

I learned how to value time

I learned how to listen to others

When we became friends

I learned how to approach people

I learned how to open up

I learned how to express my feelings.

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Suddenly everything turned upside down

With COVID-19 in town

I no longer see you nor my friends

I no longer go out of the house.

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 I have never felt this lonely

I have never felt so depressed 

I feel like I have no motivation to work

I feel like I have no one by my side

I have never felt this comfortable

I have never felt this relaxed

I feel more energetic

I feel more productive.

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But time went by

I have never thought that I will be happy

It is a good opportunity to think and reflect

It is a good opportunity to see my life from a different perspective

It is a good opportunity to know who I am

But time went by

I have never thought that I will be so bored

It is hard to go on without seeing friends

I thought because I love to refelt so this is going to be easy

I thought that I’d be in my comfort zone but, I am not alone.

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Do you know why?

Because I never reflected before

Because I never took me time so it was the right time

Because my life was full of activity so I forgot my values

Because I am graduating I need to see my future

Do you know why?

Because I reflected a lot

Because I give myself time to hear my inner voice every weekend

Because now I need to step out of my comfort zone.

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A couple of days ago my grandparents asked me to visit them

It took me a while to decide what to do

I denied their invitation

I do not want to cause harm for whom I love

A couple of days ago my mother asked me to go to the supermarket

I didn’t think twice to go or not 

It took me 15 minutes to get ready

At this moment I forgot about the pandemic. 

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Do you remember our days at university?

Every Thursday I would stay on campus post classes

I would tell you to hang out with me and my friends

I would search for a new place to explore

I waited for every Thursday to come 

Do you remember our days at university?

Almost every Thursday I would tell my friends I have to go home 

I would tell them my parents need me 

I would go home to recharge my energy after a long week of social interactions

I would find an escape from social gatherings.

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If only I could go back in time

I would have insisted on making you hang out with me

I would spend more time on my own 

I would have stayed with you in gardens to listen to music 

Now I know the value of spending time on my own 

If only I could go back in time 

I would have started hanging out with you more

I would go more often

I would have stayed post classes

Now I know the value of people.

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3 thoughts on “ Two-way road trip”

  1. I really like it. I wonder if there should be an easier way to know the transition from one POV to another, like on is in italic or there is a bigger break between lines? But I really really like it. I still think the post COVID-19 can be developed further and not simply stop at talking about feelings and abstract behaviors but particular situations and how each responds..

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