Fear is a terrible thing, my friend.
It intrudes on you,
It eats away at your mind,
Consuming all rational thought until you don't know who to trust,
And the fear you have-
That the one you love most will be killed-
Until your mind is filled with madness
And the look on your face is maniacal.
It is everywhere,
The fear that they will leave you
In death or in life or otherwise
So you do the one thing you can think of with your fear-riddled mind
You go away, you try to protect them
Suddenly they are cold and their eyes are empty.
The fear leaves you,
Withdrawing from your mind
And leaving in its absence an ache,
As the realization sets in your bones that this is
Then you realize what it is you have done
Guilt replaces the fear.
Guilt wreaks havoc on your mind
Guilt tears you apart
Guilt drives away your friends
Guilt makes no room for enemies
Except for one.
You are your only enemy
You aren't even your own friend.
Your guilt has taken over you;
And it feels horrible.
Guilt is a terrible thing, my friend.
But fear is much worse.
Fear is everywhere,
Fear is everything,
Fear of death and fear of life
Fear of living and fear of dying
Fear of pain and fear of strife
Fear of grief and fear of crying
Fear they'll leave you all alone
Fear you won't come back home
Fear of evil, fear of wrong
Fear that lasts the whole night long
Fear of justice, fear of right
Fear you'll have a sorry plight
Fear of truth and fear of lies
Fear you'll be the one who cries
Fear is cold and fear is dark
Fear invades the best at heart
Fear leads the way to grief
Fear is the difference of war and peace
Fear is a truly terrible thing my friend,
You best watch out.
AN: this is most definitely not my best work. It is also not really a poem, BUT! it is more poetic than prose.
I wrote this in an odd state of mind when I was very bored and very tired in the middle of an a global lecture. Hope you enjoyed it!