Laurie Smithson

Fear - Poem by Laurie Smithson

I used to feel so light and free
My spirit was bright, my heart full of glee
I had an idea  
I had a vision
I knew what I wanted
There was no indecision
But then one day when I was walking alone
I should have turned back
If only I'd known
Because on my walk I met a stranger
I had no idea that my spirit was in danger
'Hello, ' he said
He was very polite
We weren't quite acquainted but he seemed alright
He offered me protection of the highest Security
I think he sensed my infantile immaturity
'What do you want from me? '
I didn't understand
'Just wait and see' with that he held out his hand
So I took his hand without any question
I wish now I had walked in a different direction
So I walked with this stranger
He shadowed me
For me to be safe he said to let him tell me how to be
So with every experience that passed me by
He whispered why I could not do it
And then told me why
He promised me that he had my best interest in mind
And showed me the best things to hide behind
Excuses, Excuses and don't forget lies
Lie to yourself and you'll become wise
Save yourself the heartache
Save yourself the pain
Who wants to watch their efforts go down the drain?
I listened to him
He seemed to know what he was doing
I had no idea of the evil plan he was brewing
So years had passed and I began to feel worthless
Yea, I felt safe but also discouraged and mirthless
All my ideas were gone
My vision had vanished
He left my spirit hungry
Starving, ravenous, and famished
'Please, ' I begged
'Why do I feel this way? '
'Just keeping my promise, ' he said right away
'Just leave me alone! '
I shouted, pointing my finger
'Fine, ' he said
'I promise I won't linger, '
But the damage was done
I felt secluded and afraid
People offered me their help
They realized I had strayed
I felt trapped within myself
Cornered by the lies
I had forgotten who I was
They had become my disguise
I believed that I was inferior
That I had nothing to give
I wondered where I was going
Where I would end up if I continued to live
Who was the stranger that did this to me?
He had never made that clear
When suddenly it hit me
The strangers name was Fear

Poet's Notes about The Poem

By: Lauren Smith

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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