[Image Description: Photo is in black and white and shows a tight close-up of two hands. No other part of the person is visible, but you can see a watch on one of their wrists. One of their hands is closed in a loose fist over the tip of the index finger on their other hand, suggesting a feeling of fidgeting and apprehension.]
You speak with volume and determination. Your tone does not waver.
My voice is quiet. My words stick and stumble, stop and start.
You stand with confidence. Your body language is bold, fearless.
I close up outside-in. My shoulders want to sink into my heart.
You betray no doubts in yourself. Your words are facts, jammed
close together – no room for dissent.
My mind is doubts and questions and worries. Every thought and
feeling is examined, dissected, put back together a thousand different
Your face does not blush. Your body does not sweat.
Sweat slides down my arms, pools in my palms. My face is burning.
You are a leader.
I still have a voice.