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Peinlichkeit (embarrassment) | Johanna Peters | Poetry

"Peinlichkeit" is one of the poems that still maintains the distinct rhythms and rhymes that often times, designate poetry. Read on Pawners Paper

"Peinlichkeit" is one of the poems that still maintains the distinct rhythms and rhymes that often times, designate poetry. The poem peaks with interests, and garners attention that thrives on diction that recreates a less-charming scenery and the emotions that surround social embarrassment. He described it as a universal thread with connection that blooms beyond compare.

It elevates the long-lasting feelings of relativity—a feeling that we're not alone, and as human, we tend to feel the same.

A boy with hands on face

Peinlichkeit (eng. Embarassment)

In moments when the world turns bright,
A flush of warmth, an awkward light.
A stumble, a fumble, words misspoken,
The heart's rhythm suddenly broken.

Cheeks ablaze like burning ember,
As self-consciousness takes its member.
A tangled web of clumsy grace,
In peinlich's hold, we find our place.

Eyes that widen, a gasping breath,
Caught in the snare of social depth.
Laughter echoes, a chorus unkind,
Yet empathy's touch, a solace we find.

Oh, peinlichkeit, a universal thread,
In stories of faces turning red.
But remember, in flaws we share,
Connection blooms beyond compare.


Johanna Peters is a sixteen-year-old student from Germany. He has been writing poetry for several years now, and in October, he is starting a juniors bachelor's degree in North American Studies, alongside his ongoing bachelor's degree in Earth System Physics in order to get more involved with English literature. 

He has been fascinated with languages ever since he was a child, as such, he always experiment with them in his poems. Besides English, these also includes German and Swedish. He is equally a boarding school student and spends a lot of time in the library because of his interest in the construct of language—and not only for writing poetry. 

You can reach out to him via Instagram  
or on my Researchgate.



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Peinlichkeit (embarrassment) | Johanna Peters | Poetry
"Peinlichkeit" is one of the poems that still maintains the distinct rhythms and rhymes that often times, designate poetry. Read on Pawners Paper
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