Note: Hikikomori is a Japanese term for "reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from society and seek extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. The affected individuals refuse to leave their parents' house, do not work or go to school and isolate themselves away from society and family in a single room for a period exceeding six months."
There may be over 1 million hikikomori in Japan today, according to estimates.
Ode to the Emergence of a Hikikomori
The outdoor sun, it shines so bright,
And all my friends, are out of sight,
No soul for miles, to break my thoughts,
I'm all alone, a forlorn boss,
My stormy thoughts, they match the skies,
I tried and failed, to keep my guise,
I shut them out, kept out of sight,
And all the while, I stayed polite,
I hid behind, a poker face,
But ran away, in full disgrace,
My gloves are off, I must unload,
Repressed for years, I could explode,
I'll face my fears, be free at last,
The future waits, forget the past,
They'll call me names, say hurtful things,
I'll just ignore, and spread my wings,
My heart's turned cold, without a doubt,
But I don't care, now leave, get out!
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Previous poem which may help you understand this one: Ode to the Lassitude of 88th Street