Jokpeme Joseph Omode

Rookie (12th August 1990 / kpokpogri in Delta State, Nigeria)

Running From Fear - Poem by Jokpeme Joseph Omode

My heart suffers and bears the consequences
When I fall victim of any predicament
And my heart fears dangers ahead
That I even find it difficult to eat meals
Because I am overcome with horror.

The rate at which my heart pants for comfort
When astonished and overcome with fear
Is beyond measurement.
My heart and soul suffers the consequences
When I fall victim of any predicament

That sometimes I regret being a victim.
The pleasure I derive from the desires
And the lust of my flesh drives the heart crazy
That the rate at which my heart
Pants for comfort is beyond measurement

The flesh enjoys its pleasures
As the soul suffers the consequences.
Sometimes I am afraid of fear,
Sometimes I am afraid of being a victim
Sometimes I am afraid of being overcome by fear.

Sometimes I run never to experience fear,
Sometimes I fly from its frustrating power;
Sometimes I withdraw myself from evil
So never to be in its bondage;
So never to panic.

The earth thunders and my heart cries;
I am ever watchful, never to give in,
Never to fall;
Never to be trapped,
Never to be captured by its power.

I run from signs of danger,
I run for comfort and safety.
Its power corrupts my thinking;
Its power corrupts my moral values
And its power even damage my relationship with God Almighty.

I am like someone stabbed with a knife;
Like a wounded lion,
So restless and helpless;
So feeble and wretched,
And so bitter like vinegar.

I am so afraid of fear
That my ability to make sound moral decisions
May be severely impaired
Which points to the influence
That the eyes have on my thinking and my emotion.

Fear! Fear! !
You are my mortal enemy,
Why were you ever created?
Why can’t I live without you?
Why do you make me panic?

Why do you make me helpless?
Why do you corrupt my moral values?
Why do you corrupt my thinking?
And why do you decide to damage
My relationship with the supreme creator?

Since you think you can’t be overcome;
I will make all necessary moves
To eradicate you out of my world,
Out of my life and mind,
I shall overcome you with love and love I shall embrace.

Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference!
And help me so never to be helpless.

Oh God! Make my eyes pass on
From seeing what is worthless
And train my perceptive powers
To distinguish
And run from fear.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 14, 2011

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