The Poem Patrol, Volume Twenty-Four: “Trepidation” and “Burned Brain”

tredpidation sign
Image copyright (C) 2015 by Tony Held, all rights reserved.

 

It brings us up short
Despite the many challenges
We’ve overcome before.

It makes us wary
Reluctant
Timid
Afraid
Fearful about what might happen
Or what “they” might say
If suddenly we play
The fool.

It slows our resolute steps
As we march towards the challenges
We encounter along life’s way
Bogs us down
Before we have even marched into
Whatever valley lies before us…
And all our battles are lost
Before they have even begun
Because of the paralysis
Of trepidation.

 

burned brain sign
Image copyright (C) 2015 by Tony Held, all rights reserved.

 

 

My brain
Feels like it has been burned
By acid rain
As I think of how everyone railed
Over how I have failed
To have earned
A decent wage
From doing some at which
I am a sage.

I do not like
Feeling this way
After enduring what
Skeptical loved ones
Have had to say
With my mouth shut
And my eyes
Open wide
Like I was a deer
Caught in the headlights
As I got caught up
In yet another fight.

Oh how my brain
Feels like it has been burnt
By acid rain
Because I may
Have to again
Pay
My
Way
While at work
Out in the cold, crazy world…
God spare me this fate!