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Mallika Tripathi

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Fear


I grew listening a peculiar proverb,
‘Barking dogs seldom bite.'
But life taught me a different lesson,
They not only bite
Rather they leave you off white.

With the novel inkling I got terrified,
Started avoiding the bully ones
But to my surprise
They followed me like a menace.

I sprinted out of fear
Leaving invaluable on the ground,
But the critical hour showed me
A big fat hound.

I stopped, trembled,
Murmured and whispered,
Calling for my protector,
I wished I could turn
The poison into nectar.

But none came to rescue
Hopeless, I decided to succumb,
Seeing him glaring at me
I horrifically got numb.

When I was
on the verge of surrendering,
A miracle happened,
During the sacred hour
I heard someone roaring.

I felt grateful
As the hound rushed out of my sight,
Enlightening me with a fresh thought
That appeared too bright.

Fear grows within
Scaring you more and more,
But once you challenge its strength,
It pledges 'never to come to the fore.'

Submitted: Friday, July 18, 2014

Topic of this poem: love and pain


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