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        If I weren't afraid I'd have unwrapped 
              the barricade I tightly twined
           around my poor heart to protect it.
         Please don't blame me, it is as fragile...
             as glass, so I guard it unfailingly
               
I'd have shown you all the bleeding scars on my soul
     I'd have revealed the depth of my love for you,
              but my shyness muted my voice,
                 and now you've deserted me. 
                   Oh, if only I told you then!

                 I regret not muddling through
             the fleeting chasm of apprehension.
                 You see, the trouble with me is...
                 I'm unsure of myself sometimes;
                 plagued with lingering self-doubt.

            If I weren't afraid I'd have courageously
          cracked my shell of vulnerability; revealing
     my true essence to you, but it's much too late now. 
         I can't help but wonder what might have been.
                     If only I could turn back time!




If I Weren't Afraid Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier
Date written and submitted: 09/13/2019

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 10/1/2019 12:09:00 PM
Congrats on your win Edward. Great piece!
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 10/1/2019 7:11:00 PM
Thank you, Francesca:-)
Date: 9/23/2019 10:50:00 PM
Fear holds many from actualized dreams...congrats on your win Edward.
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Date: 9/23/2019 11:55:00 AM
Regrets, I have a few but wow, can you put them into words. Nicely done, congrats on your win, I'm not afraid.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/23/2019 3:53:00 PM
Thank you, DM:-)
Date: 9/21/2019 10:16:00 PM
"If only..." It's always a wonder how different things could have been. Congrats on your earned placement!
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/21/2019 10:58:00 PM
Thank you, Juliet:-)
Date: 9/21/2019 8:52:00 PM
Edward, congratulations on your great win with this amazing write !
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/21/2019 10:57:00 PM
Thank you, Constance;-)
Date: 9/21/2019 3:05:00 PM
yay! I knew it would be a winner :) Congrats dear Edward ;)-luloo
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/21/2019 3:30:00 PM
Thank you so much, dear Luloo:-)
Date: 9/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
Very touching Edward, congrats on a top win!
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/21/2019 3:31:00 PM
Thank you, John:-)
Date: 9/21/2019 2:43:00 AM
A heartfelt beauty Edward! Congratulations on your deserving First Place win! : ) xxoo
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/21/2019 9:51:00 AM
Thank you, Connie:-)
Date: 9/20/2019 8:21:00 PM
Congratulations on a top win :) You deserved it and I wish you many blessings always
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/20/2019 9:20:00 PM
Thanks again, Regina:-)
Date: 9/20/2019 6:33:00 PM
this is wonderfully penned, congratulations on your win my friend :) hugs
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/20/2019 9:20:00 PM
Thank you, Sandra:-)
Date: 9/20/2019 5:29:00 PM
Congrats on your worthy win, Edward. Such poignancy.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/20/2019 9:19:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea:-)
Date: 9/20/2019 2:49:00 PM
- Congratulations on your top winning poem, Edward - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/20/2019 3:15:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise:-) I'm rather pleasantly surprised to win first place! I didn't expect it. Congrats to the rest of the winners!
Date: 9/14/2019 7:29:00 AM
Your poem is true to life and speaks for many, Edward..I felt the emotions. That quote is so powerful and it reflects in your words.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/14/2019 9:22:00 AM
Thank you so much, Vijay:-)
Date: 9/13/2019 9:13:00 PM
Pick yourself up... dust yourself off and get back into the game of life. We are blessed... life is a marathon... not a sprint. Hope your heart heals quickly. Have a great day.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/14/2019 4:30:00 AM
Don't worry, David:-) I'm just fine. This is pure fiction, lol. It's strange for a married man to write a poem like this, but that's the direction my muse took me! Teehee...
Date: 9/13/2019 9:03:00 PM
This is wonderful and I hope it does well in the contest. Many prayers for you always.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/14/2019 7:13:00 AM
True, Regina:-) We all need prayers, and many thanks for yours! God bless...
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Regina Riddle
Date: 9/14/2019 5:23:00 AM
I didn't think so... I pray for everyone or share blessings. It's just my way :) I can always use prayers and figured most people can.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/14/2019 4:31:00 AM
Thank you, Regina! No need for the prayers. This isn't a true write:-)