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Poetry: “On Fear”

Another poem created from associations as I took a trip into the city.

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On Fear

 

Fear can have so many shapes

It can wear all sorts of clothes

No location is devoid of it,

Where it lies in wait to strike.

 

For a writer with a blockage

An empty screen is a fearsome thing

For a man without a place to work

His bank account: a ticking bomb

 

To a woman walking home at night

Every bush, every shape: A terror

To an elderly man, out and about

A gang of youths makes his heart beat faster

 

The hardest fears that plague us

Are our own demons given flesh

If our prejudice and thoughts decide

Our fears will grow even larger.

 

So the nemesis of many fears

Is some good old education

It can chase some fears away

But alas, not all of them

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