Phobias Poem by Swatimalya Chattopadhyay


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When I traverse by a lift,
want someone beside
since I am apprehensive
of lift's midway ceasing,
as I am claustrophobic.

When I ascend the multi-storeyed
I dare not look down,
my head reels,
I envisage a gravity fall
as I am acrophobic
and also basophobic.

13 was my lucky number
till I lost my father
on a fine 13th.
Since then my mind
cautions me of a bad omen
if some auspicious happening
is to launch on thirteen
as the syndrome of triskaidekaphobia
has stealthily set in.

I avoid visiting friends
where dogs are their pets,
fearing licks and bites of canines.
I heave a sigh of relief
when pets are fastened aside
proving that I'm a cynophobic.

Also when cats peep into my kitchen
sensing the odour of fish and milk,
I shrink to myself
at the sight of felines
and immediately realize
that I am an ailurophobic.

But a trip to a foreign land
when beckons me,
my mind becomes a hovercraft
and takes on an immediate cruise,
oblivious of all my phobias.
As I realize
a single phobia is yet to
take me over
' Xenophobia'-as the term appears.

Samanyan Lakshminarayanan 18 October 2009

never knew there were so many phobias in the world...interesting to read..fear of the results seems to be under so many covers

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Sarwar Chowdhury 18 October 2009

wow! beautiful wording! I remember a book 'Free yourself from fear', where i got more than 50 phobias in people's mind. they move man mind various way. interestingly, some has love phobias too. :) excellent your poem swatimalyadi! 101010101010+

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Obinna Eruchie 18 October 2009

I learned from viewing 'Batman Begins', which is by facing fear, one has to become fear itself. I tried it to face my fear of height phobia in a way I was able to face it. It is an interesting piece, a food for a thought.

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the repetition of phobia made it sing.. a fine poem on these phobias

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Anand Madhukar 20 October 2009

I really pity the protagonist having to contend with so many fears at every step of life. A fine piece.

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Chitra - 06 January 2010

an novel take on phobias...interesting to read!

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Shelly Shelly 04 November 2009

this is a wonderful write.. I must say..the poem is a package of science..medical science...psychology all garlanded in poetry...just amazing.. I must would have taken time to make such a wonderful poem., , innovative in itself..10+++++++++++++++++++

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Sathyanarayana M V S 04 November 2009

Hhahaha! Phobias! Beautiful write.......very well done,

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Rahul Sharma 28 October 2009

I am a little bit of the way lovely poem

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Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal 25 October 2009

As I realize a single phobia is yet to take me over ' Xenophobia'-as the term appears..beautiful way of placing the phopbias in life and every one suffers from phpbias but how youovr come is more important in life.... isuufer from 'friendobia'(new word to seek a friends) and ultimately rewarded to) ..tks....10 read mine new collectioons... sky will not fall.. everything friend...bautiful at obilisk....donot garland me

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