íc Shall/Not

fordwīne into the night

hold mín breath

shrink exon close

imitating a myth

bite mín tongue

stare Down, never Up

no attention

disguise as thou must

Don’t, Mustn’t

do this or that

or thou will

face the wrath

of lust

Thy voice; soft and musical

Thy demeanor; nervous and vulnerable

Fire? close in

Water? clear out

Earth? soften

Air? behold

Thy secrets

Ye shan’t bellow

Ye shan’t protest

Ye shan’t strengthen

Gentle? perfection

Fierce? rotten

‘shall get rid of…unacceptable’

the gust of wind whispers (o)

into mín ears (b)

but íc block (e)

for they are only mere


íc   shan’t dare fear (d)

íc  shan’t dare listen (i)

íc shan’t dare surrender (e)

íc shan’t dare cave in (n)

íc shan’t dare commit silence (c)

íc shall dare lack the expected (e)

for wherefore hiding…



Inspired by E.E Cummings


Note: I attempted writing some words in old English; therefore specifying the timeline that the poem is indicating to (it is not that long ago though). If the usage of the words is wrong, please do not fear using constructive criticism.

p.s. sorry for not posting last week, the computer wasn’t working. It isn’t working now either. 😒

Another Note: If ye (😏) want explanations for my poems, I’d gladly provide them.

Meaning of words:

fordwīne: vanish

mín: my

exon: myself

thou: you

Thy: your

Ye: plural form of “you”

íc: I

wherefore: what is the purpose of



The poem talks about females recently and in the past. It describes what was restricted on them for a lot of purposes including marriages and safety.

 Lines 1,2,3,4: Usually, when a female is walking alone at night she tries to hides, or attempts to get obscured by shadows and corners as to avoid any searching gazes.

Lines 5,6,7,8: These lines transfer us to the past, yet at the same declaring that the same actions done before are also done now. Before and now, we are warned not to speak what is on our minds when on disagreement on the current discussion/argument and accept what is said despite our protests. (I’m aware that it is not very commonly mentioned, though it still exists. Besides, the lines were also talking about the past which these problems were present at.)

Lines 9,10,11,12,13: This also discusses the matter of different rules compelled on females just so they can be secure; therefore eschewing from being victims.

Lines 14,15: On the other hand, parents/guardians push their daughters to appear as what they are not. For example appearing weak, soft and accepting to everything, just for the reason of starting up a marriage rather than appearing strong as to not get pushed around.

Line 16: Fire symbolizes rebellion and ability to fight for what is right; thus the society want to put out that fire as to not allow change.

Line 17: Water symbolizes easiness; thus society has their perfect individual in their view.

Line 18: Earth symbolizes hardness; thus the society want to soften it as it’s mentioned as the perfect quality in lines 23 and 14.

*Note: Lines 16,17,18 and 19: words after the question mark weren’t capitalized as  a sign of rebellion.

Lines 19,20: Air symbolizes the rumors and gossip spread around. This line warns us to clench on our secrets tightly for when we tell them to our “trusted” ones, they turn out not to be trustworthy at all, thus beating the purpose of a secret being well…a secret.

Lines 21,22,23,24,25: Again, the poem is reminding us of the rules obliged on females on how to act and how to speak. As a result, molding their personalities into something they are not.

Lines 26,27,28,29,30,31: It quotes the rumors of society about fierce and tough girls that will not obey what is said to them, but even with all the bad words spread, they (the strong females) remain ignorant of the word’s harshness and fight on, for they know words will be flung carelessly anyways, so why bother listen? The main point is that society’s words are reaching deaf ears.

Lines 32,33,34,35,36: Those lines are rules set to females by themselves as individuals, and they follow them and them only.

Line 37: This is the most important rule for females at that time and at the current time.It was lacking what is expected to be present, which is obedience.

Lines 38,39: The female character speaking in the view of first person is asking herself (and us) what is the reason behind us hiding, scared and brittle if we are much more than that.

I hope the explanation was satisfactory and clear. 🙂


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