My mind plays tricks on me

The kind without a laugh

Spirits haunting memory

As I walk my solemn path


In all the words written

This is what goes unsaid

All the things that came before

And where those things have led


Even with the closest friends

The ones I hold most dear

I have no words to share with them

When it is time to speak of fear


An outward, inner strength

What they see as unafraid

Is all my fears well hidden

A character well portrayed


There is little hope of change

Little hope that one safe day

I will find the courage lacked

Truth spoken in the words I say


You share your fears so openly

In hopes of the others to save

Whatever you may think of mine

Your words are much more brave


22 Responses to “Scared”
  1. beth says:

    we all hold some things close and some are able to speak them while others are not, part of our humanity

  2. Somewhere in each of our lives, there is at least one thought or action over which we feel shame and embarrassment. Sharing that with any person, no matter how much trust we have, always leads to the potential of judgement, ridicule and a host of other negative reactions. We think it’s important to appear strong and independent in other’s eyes. It makes us feel better in how we think others perceive us – even while we are busy saying we don’t care what others think. It’s a non-ending cycle.

  3. peNdantry says:

    Whatever you may think of mine
    Your words are much more brave

    Well, ‘my words’ are “I love this. Well penned!”

  4. We all must learn to live with our fears, they are like our DNA, quite personal and unique. A most beautiful verse to express such deep and powerful emotions.

  5. Harley Reborn says:

    I’m only scared of snakes

  6. yassy says:

    All your posts are so perfect, Brad.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I am sure we keep our deepest fears to ourselves, hoping that will make it less likely to manifest itself. and most of us don’t like to show any signs of weakneses… thoughtful poem, Brad…

  8. kristianw84 says:

    I don’t think there’s a human being on the planet who doesn’t hold a truth or fear they are afraid to speak of.

    Regardless of what you say or don’t say, by simply admitting you have fears makes you one of the bravest people I know.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I think of the difference in my friends in terms of their openness. Some put it all out there for all the world to see, while others are much more private and may confide only in a couple of trusted friends. I’m not saying one is better than the other. It’s just a normal human difference.

  10. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautiful poem Brad. I share my feelings about growing up in hopes of helping others. I have had people say things that were not nice before but not in this community. Still I don’t share everything, people probably wouldn’t believe it anyway. I think because when I was young I didn’t have a voice, it feels good to share. I was embarrassed and ashamed of the life we lived in as a child and teenager but I know it wasn’t my fault. I only had control over my actions. I think you share a lot through your beautiful words Brad. I feel like I know quite a bit about the kind of man you are and it is all good. Sending you my love. Hugs 🤗 Joni

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