What Do You Fear? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

What Do You Fear?

Fear has curled its fetid sinews around
our collective human throat choking 
the brain and placing us solely in the
amygdala, reactive, angry, turgid, 
anachronistic egos looking for a past
to make sense of the future,
taking refuge in childhood memories,
seeking comfort in the midst of change
by attacking everything that arises as
progress, as does every generation;
equality, divergence, health, gay, trans,
what does it matter to you, 
did you miss out, will you be murdered
in your sleep by a view of difference, 
or is it that you can't accept that what
mummy taught you isn't quite right?

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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17 responses to “What Do You Fear? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I learned a long time ago that though my Ma often had good advice sometimes it didn’t fit me. Childhood memories are good to visit but I don’t live there.

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  2. I fear death, roller coasters, and he who shall not be named regaining elective office.

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  3. Good poem and comments. Wish I were able to like them.

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  4. We are limited by our fears. Wonderful take on the topic, Paul!

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  5. Ah, the many layers of fear. It’s finding what leads to the root that makes it an adventure on it’s own.

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  6. lync56

    Great poem – a sting in the end


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