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I`m not afraid of living in a small cubicle,
for I love to stay alone in my closet for days;
I am not claustrophobic.

I love to mingle with men of diverse tongues,
do business with foreigners,
for I`m not Xenophobic.

I have zero tolerance to agoraphobia,
for I love speaking in public,
shout among crowds to buttress my opinion and ideology.

...but I hate to be barked at,
hate being a toothless bull dog,
I`m a fox who does not like
being ridiculed and under classed,
I hate cobwebs and  creeping plants,
I`m a tiger afraid of not being able
to catch my prey;
a bee afraid of not making honey,
dancing and buzzing without nectar,
This I will not condone;
to be a bad father,husband,mentor and citizen.

When I roar and the forest shakes not,
and the wind refuses to whistle,
Then!I have failed;
Oh! I`m failurephobic.....

Contest:"What`s Your Fear?" sponsored by Tanya Harrington

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  1. Date: 8/30/2014 7:45:00 PM
    Wow, amazing poem

  1. Date: 8/29/2014 9:47:00 PM
    wow, this is GOOD STUFF!!! Love it.

  1. Date: 8/29/2014 5:04:00 PM

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 11:28:00 AM
    A very belated congratulations in this Fear contest Olusegun. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Olusegun, Congratulations with your thought provoking poem In Tanya's "What's Your Fear?" contest. Have yourself a nice sweet day.. always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 11:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your scary win , I don't think you are a failure at anything and look another win for you xx

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 11:16:00 PM
    Perhaps you aim a little high but I think you're a winner. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 10:56:00 PM

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 1:31:00 PM
    love the cute ending in this one, Olusegun! hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 2:52:00 PM
    lovely write, my friend

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 8:23:00 AM
    Wonderful write Arowolo! You've spelled it out so well. I like how you said 'I will not condone' - it goes to show the extent to which failure is not desired. Very well penned!

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 6:15:00 AM
    outstanding poetry you have shared with us Olusegun. I have enjoyed reading it this morning and wish you the best in the contest. I will be back Monday to read more. I wish you a wonderful weekend full of sunshine and inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 2:26:00 AM
    Oh Olly this is great and I am sure your fears are unfounded I am sure you will roar and the forest will shake as you look out for your family. well done xx