Conquering your fear

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

~James Neil Hollingworth~

The spider swings from wall to wall
Hungry eyes
All eight bigger than one
Black and red bellied
An hourglass counting down time
Nine minutes to death o’clock
Hypnotising as it swings
A deadly but sensual shape
And as you watch it, your caution lulls
Your eyes grow drowsy
And you fall into realms of nightmare

But fable and myth don’t scare you anymore
The BloodyMary!
Voldemort!
The Candyman!
All these fears are long vanquished
No, your true horror lies in visions of reality
A world where everything that can go wrong
Goes horribly so

A Paramour stabs you in the back
A love that will not die alone
An alleyway of stalkers
The deadly path home
A wall that whispers
House of terrors
Abandoned
alone
Lost
Left
behind
Forsaken!
But you are strong
You always survive
Conquer and even thrive
This fear will not put you down
Your mind will turn this dread around
A hero that always slays their beast

Yes, the spider swings from wall to wall
So take a breath, blow and watch that hourglass fall
Fear, fleeing the brave


Face your fear with awesomeness

The hourglass-looking poem is a nonet, and it is shaped that way to symbolise transition, or the passage of time.(fear to bravery in this case)

A black widow spider has a red hourglass on its belly, and that’s what inspired me to use a nonet.

I hope you come out of this a little braver. And a little bit scared too.
Stay safe and stay loving.


P.S
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50 Comments Add yours

  1. beautiful poem, inspiring and well penned.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, Tanvir is it?πŸ§‘πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒΌ

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  2. The beginning left me spooked! This is such an extraordinary piece of writing, Jude. Conquering the fear is difficult and tough but has to be done. ✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishika, I wish I could tell you how warm and fuzzy this makes me feel. πŸ€—πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΎ

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  3. Era says:

    Very well penned!
    Amazing as always ☺

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Era, I did like where this one took me, it wanted to get darker but I never like doing a full on horror when it’s the weekend. So I fought and fixed in the light at the end🧑

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      1. Era says:

        It is beautifully done!

        You are welcome, Jude ☺

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  4. mariamichaela says:

    Beautiful! Love how you show the different types of horror, especially the ones in real life.

    Oh and I love you got Voldemort there too.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh, I’m so glad Voldemort came to me, I was so happy to include him there, considering I left out so many timeless scary ones as well

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  5. Wow. Beautifully penned as always, Jude.
    P.S: I’m still scared of spiders πŸ˜‰

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    1. judeitakali says:

      They give me the hibbygibbies too. And yet I like them, they don’t have disease and they eat insects that spread disease, but I still get the shivers. This was me facing up to that a little πŸ˜‚

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      1. That’s true. But still they spook me out πŸ˜€

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  6. Excellent post. The execution is magnificent.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Gabriella πŸ’•, a worthy endorsement

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      1. My pleasure. Your talent blows my mind away.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΎ

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  7. besondersite says:

    Wow this is such an amazing and gripping post! πŸ˜€πŸ’–

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.😊🧑

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  8. Dora says:

    You’ve convinced me you can do horror to the brink, and bring us safely back from its edge too! πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Dora, I won’t be bringing you back in all the posts thoughπŸ˜„πŸ˜‰πŸ§‘

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      1. Dora says:

        Forewarned is forearmed πŸ˜‰ 🧑

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  9. Sadje says:

    Very powerful writing Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje🧑

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  10. Jules says:

    We, some of us were discussing spiders the other day. There is an tale that only one of us remembered – That spiders have their purpose. I generally save spiders… though some can be poisonous.

    Anyway you might enjoy this story:
    http://www.ithl.org.il/product_print?c0=20060
    Ephraim Sidon has put to rhyme a Jewish legend from the Talmud which teaches that everything has its place on the face of the earth.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the story link Jules, I like spiders on the whole, they clean out the vectors. But I fear them too. I don’t kill them though

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  11. Jude, I am always amazed how you use different forms to articulate your thoughts so beautifully!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you recognise this, I really enjoy a number of formsπŸ§‘πŸŒ·πŸ’›

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      1. πŸ’™πŸŒ·

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you πŸ™πŸΎπŸ§‘

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  12. memadtwo says:

    I like the mirror of spider and poetic form. I generally like spiders, but not big ones. But you are right, many of our fears are imaginary…but the real ones must be faced sooner or later. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. I guess it’s always better to conquer them in the mind beforehand

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  13. Beautifully written, Jude. I like spiders. They are necessary predators and reduce the irritating flies and mosquitoes.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I agree, I like em too but also fear them, especially the big ones.

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  14. -Eugenia says:

    A powerful piece, Jude, and beautifully rendered!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. πŸ’•πŸŒ·

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome, Jude! πŸ˜‰

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  15. Beautiful as always and a nice take on Ghosts too, Jude. Great poem.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much KamalπŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. You are always welcome dear Jude πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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  16. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful poem and thoughts! I think courage is more about confidence.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I wonder if “fake it till you make it” isn’t ideal for courage

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  17. Amazing creativity here… perfectly blended with your mesmerizing words…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Singh

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  18. You have a great poem here Friend. I especially like that you started with a quote that put everything in context, that was an awesome opener. Yes, you are right, the realities of life can bring us more fear than the fear of spiders. However, we always need to remember that our strength is not enough to take us through, we need the strength of God. What is impossible to a human being is NOT impossible to God. God does not fail, he does not fear, and he does not ever leave us.

    God says in Isaiah 41:10
    “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

    The Bible says in Joshua 1:9
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    Put your faith in the Lord.

    To anyone who is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post that can help here:

    https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/Β 

    You can check out the blog post above. If the information is too overwhelming for you, then you can start slow and work your way up gradually. If you want to stay updated and you want more posts from me, you can follow my blog. I post about God, faith and Christian Spirituality.

    If you ever need to talk, then send me a message on the “Contact” section of my page.

    May God be with you, Amen. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Evangelism is a gift,
      I’ll go and read some more on your site.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜‡

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