Fear Itself

April 27, 2011
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.”





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Kimmai said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm
So inspirational, it stole my breath!(: applause!
 
NaleDawg replied...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 6:19 am
haha thanks
 
twalker32001 said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm
I Loved it 
 
Kpalo14 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Very good poem and very well written. It just seems to flow smoothly and carry me from line to line
 
NaleDawg replied...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks I appreciate it

 

 
SanamSheriff said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 6:54 am
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!
 
NaleDawg replied...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks

 

 
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm
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?
 
NaleDawg replied...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm
For sure, I haven't been online in forever, but im sure I can check out some stuff 
 
Robyn97 said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm
I've had issues with waking up too early, and this totally describes the situation. Good job!
 
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