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We Are All Afraid

Updated on October 14, 2012

We are afraid
Afraid of the future
Afraid of death
Afraid of life
Just afraid

We want more
More money
More security
More love
Just more

We imagine
Imagine the worst
Imagine the end
Imagine the beginning
Just imagine

If we take less
We won’t need more
If we become strong
We won’t need fear
If we imagine love
We won’t imagine hate

Don’t ask for more
Don’t act on fear
Don’t reject a dream
Be strong
Be less
Be the dream

There is no man who will never die
There is no man who will keep his promise
There is no man who will say we have enough

The war will stop if you want it to be so
The world will change if you want it to be so
You will change if you want it to be so

Yes I am afraid
But I want to be strong
Yes I want more
But I will take less
Yes I do imagine
But it is about peace

I know my yesterdays have passed
The things we loved have changed
The people we love are afraid of us
And we are afraid of them

If you can open your heart
Tell them of your fears
And they will tell you of theirs
And together you can become strong
For silent fear can kill love
And love can kill fear
And it will


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      Mark Lecuona 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you all... snakeslane... RighterOne... Kulsum... suzettenaples... I have my fears and I am indulging them at a higher and higher rate it seems. Dread can drag you down and as I age my parents health and other issues seem to be a daily concern. As for the less is more idea, I am trying to address how we are all in a panic to take care of ourselves so we hoard wealth and rationalize our actions. By letting go a bit maybe we all will have more...

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very well said and written! You cover a lot of important ideas in this poem and I agree with what you express. Yes, less is always more, in the long run. Voted up and shared!

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      @Suburban Poet I like your poem style. Yes, we are all afraid. And we want more...more...more...

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      RighterOne 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois - USA

      Interesting piece - voted up! Seems like we're all thinking and feeling the same things... Why is that, I wonder...? Perhaps - we are all connected somehow - to each other and to the collective Earth consciousness. Or maybe THROUGH it...

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Suburban Poet, I think you're on to something. A little less fear and a little more love would be just great. Imagine that...