the essence of fear by Diane Walsh

the essence of fear by Diane Walsh


you stand at the edge of my feet,
the forefront of my mind –
cause a quiver,
in my safest of place(s)?

i faced you here, again;
we haunt each other’s eyes,
look as deeply as you must,
my bones do crack,
my skin ripples with goosebumps,
i will not bow to you,
my friend’ish foe

you; crawl upon my neck,
reminders of a long-gone,
yet, here you lurch before me
with your talons and claws,
my body may cry out,
a wretched scream of remembrance,
but you and i?

we will glare toe-to-toe
i will not hold back my silence!
nor, will i fall asunder,
as you provoked so many times before
NO! my chest is blazing open,
my demons do their dance,
while I bite down; clenched teeth,
gripped fist,
a ferocious fire from my gut,
you can make me shake,
and sob;
even pour over all those past why’s,
fill my heart with sadness,
and pain,
but I

I – will no longer surrender to your game(s)
Fear, you’ve lost the war
my soul trembles,
my mind aches,
I gulp down your agonizing display,
we, us;
are finished for the day
I’ll see you at the next battle –
with a qualm’ing smile

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12 Responses to Fear

  1. White Pearl says:

    Very beautiful ! Loving the words and how they are placed together perfectly…Love it !

    • Thank you White Pearl! I had a lot of emotion coming through with this one – I am very glad to hear you liked it that makes the vulnerability worth it! 🙂

  2. kelly says:

    Fear is such a hard thing to conquer, I love the bravery here, the courage to stand up and fight.

  3. wow i felt this in my soul. hugs xo

  4. awesome! worth reading all over again

    • Thank you ClintonSpel! I hope it was just as awesome the second time around. 😉 It was a moment of facing fears and telling them they could not have me … I think I need to reread it to help me remember. 🙂

  5. louiville says:

    The sense of being watched and the tiredness of this prolonged battle, reach out in each stanza. The pacing is like a slow march in the mud, which only highlights the ill ease of living with fear.

    • I am so glad you shared this with me. I think you expressed the feeling quite poetically! You described the sensation that I feel with fear. I was not aware of the “actual” feel until you described it so well here. Thank you and I am excited that my words were experienced in such a way. Fear is something that I refuse to allow to take me down with it, but it can also reveal things that helps me change for the better.

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