Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Fear
When is fear helpful, harmful, present, banished? How do you know what to do with fear?
YOUR CHALLENGE: In a new poem, unfold a truth you’ve learned about fear.
“We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.”
― Erica Jong, Seducing the Demon
She feared life of sorrow each time a man
broke her heart, let her down, and loved someone new.
After failed romances, commitments were banned.
For years she tried to conquer her fears in lieu
of observing how she saw herself.
Realization came; she felt incomplete.
How foolish, she thought, to put dreams on a shelf.
She was whole, did not need another heartbeat.
Love is a gamble you may lose in the end
but that rush of blood from falling in love
is worth risking pain; you are certain to mend.
If you know yourself, you have wings of a dove.
Nurture yourself, feel goodness within,
whenever you decide to go out on a limb.