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Fear Itself

April 27, 2011
By NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."


The shadows pass over just before you wake.
They slide over your skin like a slithering, scaly
snake.
You can’t see the darkness, but you know its there.
So at the ceiling you begin to stare.
Reaching for the card on the very bottom shelf,
“There is nothing to fear except fear itself.”

You don’t know what it is about the absence of light,
but it seems to get at you every night.
Though you close your eyes and count sheep,
you still don’t catch a single blink of sleep.
Back to the ceiling your eyes gaze,
leaving your memory in a distorted haze.
All you now know is solitude and fear,
so you reach down to the card that can lead you away from here.
You force your fingers down to that familiar shelf,
“There is nothing to fear except fear itself.”

Night after night. Week after week.
Things beginning to look a little less bleak.
You have built up your courage every day and night,
so now their up to an outstanding height.
All memorized now is that little card
that led you from the nights that made your life hard.
Your memory calls back to that very bottom shelf,
and that “There is nothing to fear except fear itself.”


The author's comments:
I was inspired to write this piece because of some problems that I've recently had with insomnia.

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on Jan. 24 2012 at 6:19 am
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

haha thanks

Kimmai BRONZE said...
on Jan. 23 2012 at 9:52 pm
Kimmai BRONZE, Navarre, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

So inspirational, it stole my breath!(: applause!

on Dec. 16 2011 at 3:39 pm
twalker32001 BRONZE, Bolingbrook, Illinois
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I Loved it 

on Oct. 28 2011 at 9:34 am
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

Thanks I appreciate it

 


on Oct. 28 2011 at 9:34 am
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

Thanks

 


Kpalo14 SILVER said...
on Oct. 27 2011 at 4:51 pm
Kpalo14 SILVER, Wilson, Michigan
9 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
You don't know what you have until you've lost it. So treasure everything you do have and never let it go

Very good poem and very well written. It just seems to flow smoothly and carry me from line to line

fdbfdsf said...
on Oct. 27 2011 at 6:54 am
fdbfdsf, Bangalore, Other
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This is really good poetry. And i think everyone can relate to what your talking about, and if they can't, i'm sure they can imagine it!

on Oct. 25 2011 at 7:59 pm
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

For sure, I haven't been online in forever, but im sure I can check out some stuff 

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 25 2011 at 6:36 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

This is great! I really love it, I've got a mild case of insomnia, trouble with waking up just a bit earlier than I really should... by a couple of hours. Anyway, loved the rhyme scheme and just basically everything about this poem! Think that you could check mine out? Please?

Kai17 GOLD said...
on Jul. 27 2011 at 8:28 pm
Kai17 GOLD, Spokane, Washington
17 articles 5 photos 340 comments

Favorite Quote:
*beepbeep*
"Where to, Miss?"
"To the stars."

I've had issues with waking up too early, and this totally describes the situation. Good job!


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