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I used to be afraid 
All of the time… Afraid of living 
And afraid of dying 
I was afraid of many bugs
And afraid to be in a house with roaches
Afraid of sleeping without a light on—
Afraid when shadows moved outside my bedroom window.
Afraid someone would break in the house.
Afraid my dreams were real…nightmares.
Afraid to pick up fried chicken with my fingers,
Afraid I would drop food in my lap.
Or get barbeque sauce all over my face –
Afraid I would sit the wrong way
Afraid I would walk improperly.
Afraid I might say something “stupid”
Afraid if I was in a crowd.
Uncomfortable at parties,
Afraid to even go shopping.
Afraid I would make someone angry.
Afraid I would get in trouble for something.
Afraid I might make a mistake.
Afraid of that look!
Afraid of a tight grip!
Just plain afraid –
Afraid if a car slowed down close too me.
Afraid to walk down the street alone.
Afraid if I met a stranger passing on the sidewalk.
But I went in the Army right out of High School!
Now, I am not afraid of anything!
(Except maybe a snake coming 
     Toward me after I tried to scare it off!  LOL)
I’m not afraid to spill food, drool,
Stumble with my cane or walk alone at night.
I’m not afraid to shop in the wee hours of the morning.
I am not even afraid to hunt and photograph alligators.
I speak to strangers and watch bugs with fascination.
I do not care how anyone looks at me 
And so what if I make a mistake.
I love to be outside at night looking at the stars.
So, with old age, I overcame many fears!
But I still would not pet a tiger unless it had a muzzle
…I don't think.

© February 9, 2012 
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest:  Fear
Sponsored by Debbie Guzzie

Copyright © Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

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  1. Date: 2/13/2012 7:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your great win in Debbie Guzzi's "Fear" contest Dane Ann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 6:55:00 PM
    Awesome write. Congrats on your win in Debbie's contest........................... S.Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 1:59:00 AM
    DANE,,, 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 8:26:00 PM
    congrats Dane Ann on a wonderful worthy win for this dynamite write luv..

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 6:59:00 PM
    Congrats for your great win! Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:33:00 AM
    Congrats. Dane Anne on your winning poetry, love,vie

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:26:00 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 10:18:00 PM
    love the twists and turns of thie piece, dane ann.. sweet congrats! :) huggs

  1. Date: 2/10/2012 8:14:00 AM
    I truly enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry today Dane Ann. I hope you have an amazing weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 10:17:00 PM
    Not at all a poem of fear. This is a poem of courage! I loved it!! I think I should have joined the army. LOL Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 5:10:00 PM
    Dane Anne! How are u darling?...I thoroughly enjoyed all the "things" you are afraid of..what a great great entry. This takes the cake. Love, Gwendolen

  1. Date: 2/9/2012 2:41:00 PM
    Yours poem is wery good,hope you win in the contest Dane Ann. - oxox love Anne-Lise