Fear is a shadow
Stark as unreality
A seductive snare
Refusing its perspective
I choose to live in the light

For Colleen’s poetry challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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12 Responses to Fear…

  1. Reblogged this on Bilocalalia – talking about living in two places and commented:
    I wrote a very similar poem last month, which seems to fit the theme of the day: hope and light.


    It’s that other thing with wings
    in the belfry, hanging like a pendulum
    in the pit of the stomach, just a rustle,
    harder to face than a full-blown roar,
    whispering, a little stone in the shoe
    upsetting our balance just a bit, hidden
    because we have to hide it,
    even from ourselves, feeding
    on darkness and secrets, nibbling
    at the corners of our thoughts.
    It’s the creaking of a closed door,
    a quick shadow past the window,
    creeping ever closer, unstoppable
    until we stand up
    and turn on a light.

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  3. Excellent analogy, Sue. It is the light that draws us closer always. ❤

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  4. Erik says:

    How perceptive that you describe fear as “seductive” here. On the surface, most people would say that they “hate fear.” But as with worry and regret, there is a sort of siren song that draws people in, enticing them to feed its insatiable appetite, even as they are consumed.

    Fear in balance serves a place. Fear that doesn’t lead to action, however, is just a drain on precious resources of soul.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Being in a state of fear can be a security blanket…it is familiar and therefore comfortable, even when unpleasant. Stepping away from unfounded fears is as liberating as taking action because of justified fear.

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