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Face your fears

when faced with a clearing upon a path 
are you more likely to walk or take a ride
is the answer more important than the question you ask 
or is your journey just a result of your pride

when is it the most that you feel alive 
is it the conjure of voices in a crowd 
or is it that voice that triggers your drive 
when you can hear your heart beating loud 

does it take someone near you to realize you are breathing 
is it the breath you feel inside your lungs
is it their heart that keeps yours beating
or is it their words that slip from your tongue 

do you quest to live in a world where everyone agrees 
a result of a reality where everyone is dreaming 
does the world exist simply to find those to please 
or do you choose existence where you give yourself meaning 

does thinking of the universal fear keep yourself from you 
the idea of being alone clouding your thoughts 
as the convictions of others dictate what you do 
while the mind forgets what it has been taught 

does the flame of your heart flicker from others doubts 
as evening beckons you to sleep 
or does your heart tell what you're about 
when the world causes you to weep 

when you walk a road at night 
is your shadow the only company you need 
or does that thought instill fright
in the twilight when the dawn recedes 

when thoughts web and cloud your mind 
are you sure that they are your thoughts that you are hearing 
or is it when you left others behind 
that the light is shed on what you have been fearing 

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  1. Date: 7/18/2012 7:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through round one of the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest. I wish you the best in the finals John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 3:01:00 PM
    Happy Valentine's Day to you, JOhn Castro! This is a very special winning rhyme and spectacular poetry! Very excited for you. Hope you are doing well...drop me a soup mail and fill me in on how things are going. A very quiet Valentine's Day here with my family..counting blessings and prayer for friends abroad! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 7:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your great win in Debbie Guzzi's "Fear" contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 6:47:00 PM
    Congrats on your win in Debbie's contest........................... S.Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 1:57:00 AM
    JOHN,,, SWEET VALENTINE.. AND A WONDERFUL , congratulations... ON your wonderful win In Debbie's contest.. enjoyed your poem. have yourself a wonderful valentines~ always* xox~PD

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 8:13:00 PM
    congrats John on a superb win for this dynamite write luv.. awesome expressions in lines...

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:16:00 PM
    Congrats to you on your great win!! Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:25:00 AM
    Congrats. John on your winning poetry, love,vie

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:19:00 AM
    Congratulations Please forgive the cut and paste congratuations I must do today it does not diminsh the feeling behind the congratulations or the quality of the work presented. mum not well need to go out xx

  1. Date: 2/10/2012 10:12:00 PM
    congratas on your glowing win, john!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 2/10/2012 6:23:00 PM
    such a strong man and such a thoughtful well constructed write nice to meet you! Please do write for me again Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/1/2011 2:33:00 AM
    John, congrats on your win.. enjoyed the read KK...

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 3:03:00 PM
    Hi John. This is one of your best writes lately. I am amazed at all the truths exposed in this raw write. I could comment on each and every stanza something profound that speaks to me...congrats on this well-deserving, well thought out winning poem! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 12:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Frank's "CrossRoads of your Life" contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 6:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/26/2011 1:52:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. I really enjoyed Reading your poem! Lori

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 9:02:00 PM
    way to go John..congrats on first place win for this marvelous poem luv.. thankxx for your amazing commebts to me also..

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:31:00 AM
    congrats on your win, wonderful.x

  1. Date: 11/24/2011 9:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in PD's contest John

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 11:41:00 PM
    JOHN, ;-) stopping by to wish you and everyone a happy THANKSGIVING! Also to congratulate you in my "any poem goes contest`" Have yourself a wonderful and lovely holiday. God Bless,.. p.d.