There is a form of introversion
That involves folding in tightly on oneself
In order to process matters privately.
Not out of cowardice
Or a lack of character
But rather a natural adaptation
Of needing time alone
To make sense of the world-
Especially if there is conflict.
For they consider conflict a meal
Best served cold.
Not everyone says what is on their mind
Some personalities need to dig deep.
Being a “straight talker” is a personality type
Not a virtue.
For the hedgehog,
Important conversations are rarely ready at the lips.
The prickly awkwardness that
This form of introversion creates
Is often misunderstood.
The hedgehog needs time to process
To give nuance to their thoughts
To balance the scales of sliding emotions,
To make peace with themselves
Before they make peace with the world.
If you ever find yourself head to head
With the personality of the hedgehog
Be sure to remember that
Underneath the prickly exterior
Is a heart that beats
Just like yours.