My Veil

a poem

ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself
1 min readJan 25, 2023

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Image by Katsiaryna Endrusz on Unsplash

I never wore a veil for you
But I hid my eyes
I maintained a shadow of myself
A mask that shifted with time

My veil was self-inflicted
A permanent disguise
Forgotten in its familiarity
A betrayal that cemented lies

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ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself

Writing on female experience, race, motherhood & self-development. Columnist at Green Parent magazine & Parenting Top Writer. Follow me on IG @adeola_moonsong.