I can't stress enough how much this response resonates with me. I was explaining this exact thing last night to my husband. I very recently started sharing my poetry with select people and was encouraged to read some for a class assignment. It was horrible. not that I read them poorly but that they were personal and I was sharing them with a class full of strangers. I felt naked and exposed. Don't think I'll do that again. The insides are private and like you said "precious," only a few close people get to see the dark and sensitive inside.