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I fear that we have failed

I fear every mistake unrecognized and repeated

I fear every moment squandered

I fear for the waste of intelligence on gain and pain

I fear compassion dumbed down to tiny yellow hugging emojis

I fear the death of humanity

I fear the lies, the fabrications suffocating our nations

I fear desensitization

I fear the power of one evil twist flipping the switch

I fear malice, so gracefully dressed in good will

I fear centipedes, freeways and losing the ones I love

I fear the silence of words unspoken, hearts unopened

I fear robots knocking at my door to deliver my mail…. or kill me

I fear for all I have not done, for all I have not given

I fear we had the gift of saving each other but we didn’t open it

I fear there is more and

I fear we will never know it

For Poetics at

dVerse Poets Pub.

Sarah has given us a rhetorical device, anaphora to play with in our poetry.

11 responses »

  1. I fear you may be right. I love the line about compassion and emojis!

  2. Yes, the emoji line is great, says so much – and the ending. The anaphora works really well here, it’s a litany. Disturbing, powerful, sadly true.

  3. Well, this is one of the most comprehensive poems about fear I’ve read …. loved it! I share a few of them!

  4. So much to fear… and still we live (and thrive a little bit too well)… great poem

  5. writingwhatnots

    So many things to be fearful of – your anaphoric poem is perfect for expressing it. The last two lines are the most chilling of all …

  6. Those last 4 got me in the feels. Those are the things I fear most.

  7. The last 2 lines, gosh, stunning.
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine


  8. Oh–those last three lines especially! Powerful.
    (I did laugh at the robots though.)

  9. My goodness this is powerful! I too fear desensitization!

  10. Late to the posting and reading too. So glad I landed here. So many memorable lines and an especially powerful ending.
    “I fear compassion dumbed down to tiny yellow hugging emojis” has a lot to say in many ways.

  11. Love the emoji line, and the terror of the last line. Excellent work, Mish!


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