General Poetry posted August 30, 2017

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How do you describe fear?


by nbonner


Is fear when you're 3000 feet in the air?
About to jump out of a plane on a stupid dare

Is fear when your sixteen about to take your driving test?
Your mom comforting you saying, “All you can do is you best”

Is fear when you go to a new school in the middle of the year?
Considered the new kid and they all whisper while they stare

Is fear when you go to your very first interview?
When there’s five people deep interrogating you
and you're thinking is this ever gonna be through

Is fear when you give a speech in front of a large crowd?
Your stomach queasy, your palms damp and you're thinking please Lord
kill me now

Is fear ignorance?
When you say hi passing a stranger on the street just to be polite
and they glare back at you, their eyes look like a fire might ignite

Is fear rejection?
When you ask a family member for a favor or a friendly ear
and they shoot you down with such hate it brings you to tears

Is Fear failure?
When you should have been there as a parent but you were
too caught up in your own bullshit
Kids growing up not knowing how to deal with life, not even a
Little bit

How could you mess up like you did?
Always knowing you can’t fix it because they’re no longer kids



Question writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem in which every stanza either begins with a question or ends with a question.


These are just some of my fears. I got carried away on the second to last stanza (because I was abused as a child, failure as parent always makes me crazy) so its a little bit longer than the others.
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