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Nigel Stedman

The poem about fear from Poetry evening 1st June 2020

Fear can be experienced;
watching Horror movies
Being in the dark
Hearing strange noises
the unknown
Bungy Jumping
seeing a snake close by
and it can be debilitating for some

If it is about feeling frightened
feeling your heart beat fast and loud then I have had those moments like when
being ‘in trouble’ as a child ‘wait until your father gets home…
not wanting to go home
being threatened
realising that I will die…when I was 6 and…very recently
discovering I had 3 speeding fines…(another story)

Sometimes it is the something inside warning of danger,
do i listen to that within myself? (Yes)

The fear of losing someone close can be there at times

So what have I learnt about fear so far?
I cannot control or suppress it
I cannot run away from the feeling
It is not always rational

so Hmmm

Franklin D Roosevelt once said ‘there is nothing to fear but Fear itself’

When I feel fear it seems real enough fear of not experiencing real love and being with that person, fear of not feeling fulfilled from helping others before my death

So what to do with it?
Well I accept it
I let it happen
I express it
I live it
I support others with it…

So maybe fear is not so bad after all
it can be helpful as a warning, exciting even passionate

…and the child within me still,
jumps out from behind a tree or a bush to make someone jump… (usually someone I know)