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The March of Inner Conflict (Poetry)

Updated on February 14, 2018

The March of Inner Conflict

Left:
It is possible;
This idea could work;
It will become a success.

Right:
But, what if;
So much could go wrong;
Can failure be avoided?

Left:
Make a plan;
Prepare and proceed;
Deal with detours as they come.

Right:
There is fear;
What is the right way;
What if it can not be done?

Left:
Strength will win;
Let nothing distract;
The end is all that matters.

Right:
Weak and worn;
Too tired to reason;
There are too many unknowns.

God:
Stop! Be still;
Know that I am God;
I will give you peace of mind.


This struggle goes on within me and tends to paralyze me with indecision.
I have a good idea--but will it succeed? Sometimes I tentatively share my idea with someone and if there is a slightly negative response it shuts me down and I abandon the idea. Too often my fear wins out.

This poem comes out of that inner conflict and I thought it might be interesting to set it to the cadence of a march (left, right, left, right). It also fits in with the right-brain/left-brain conflict.

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    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's true, Phyllydreamer. I guess the answer is to write in that moment of confidence and not allow ourselves to get caught in the hesitation of doubt. I think sometimes it's when we think "what will others see in this" that we become afraid. Thanks for commenting and I wish you all the best in your writing.

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      Jose Velasquez 

      6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I think we all struggle with this internal conflict. The dialogue you wrote sound a lot like what happens to me. I get fired up about something, and I take action, but if I stop to think doubt creeps inside, and paralyzes me.

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      Scarface1300 

      7 years ago

      I Like this, I think, Did I? Perhaps, No, Well sorta, Maybe not, Then again....Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      prairieprincess...it sounds like you and I have been going through some similar things. It's good to encourage each other to keep going and persist in what we really want to do. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Flo, once again a poem I can relate to so well. In fact, it's as if you have described my thought process for the last four months! Wow, so very beautiful ... thank you, my dear, and blessings!

      :)

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      richtwf...I agree, I think as we become more confident it is easier to take educated risks without the overcoming fear of failure. After all, how is a person to learn. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insightful comments.

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      richtwf 

      7 years ago

      I loved the simplicity in which you expressed this inner conflict and I am sure many can easily relate to this. This to-ing and fro-ing of thoughts at times in our life and causing indecision can easily trap us if we allow it to. Thus we mustn't allow our fears to grow out of proportion to any reasonable risks that we might face because to do so would deprive ourselves of an opportunity to grow and of living more fulfilling lives.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Petra Vlah...it sounds that your gut-level decisions have served you well in life. For many of us we don't trust our ability to make good decisions most of the time and so we make our choice based on what we think is the rational thing to do (which may not be the RIGHT thing for us.) Thanks for your feedback...blessings.

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      Petra Vlah 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I understand you stuggle and I agree that the conflict rarely ends if ever; the more we think about making a decision the harder it gets, so I usually will go with my gut while getting ready to work the details as they come.

      My very best decisions took very little time to make (I got married in only 27 days after meeting my husband and it has been over 26 years now; I also decided in 2 days to buy a house that at the time seemed way to expensive, but as it turned out the value of it went up 4 times in less than 15 years).

      They say that the two factores that motivate everything we ever do is hope and fear. I do believe that the "rational mind" acts out of fear most of the time and that stops us from taking chances and following dreams

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      carolina muscle...thanks. Glad you stopped by....come again!

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      carolina muscle 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      wow.. this is nicely done!!!!

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      SaMcNutt...that is exactly where I was coming from (left brain/right brain)...I am equal-brained so it suits :) I'm glad you noticed that pattern :)

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      SaMcNutt 

      7 years ago from Englewood, CO

      it also reminds me of right brain and left brain thinking, actually the dialog really fits that kind of thinking making this poem work on even more levels. I like the marching effect as well. Very cool.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      prasetio30...thanks for your kind words. Blessings on your day. Thanks for stopping by.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful, my friend. Thank you very much. You are amazing to make this so special. I give my Vote for you.

      Prasetio:)

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Raymond...thanks for your comment. Of course you can use the style. I would be honored if you did! So many times I try to fit into the styles of what poetry is "supposed" to be and this time I decided to create my own style to suit myself. So, by all means...if it helps you write something, then use it :) God bless.

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      Raymond Tremain 

      7 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

      Many thanks FloBe,poems are as I feel written from the heart, and many are from the inspiration that comes from the Word of God as in my case when I write poetry.you have given me an idea as how a poem can be written can I use it pls, well it was your idea first.

      God loves you

      Ramon xo

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      ambee12...thanks for stopping by...come again!

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      exjwlaurie...I'm so glad the poem touched your heart...be blessed!

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      ambee12 

      7 years ago

      Very nice.....!

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      exjwlaurie 

      7 years ago

      Sister FloBe--you have no idea how apropos your hub is for me today! I smiled as I read it! Excellent job as always, and so relatable! =)

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      DREAM ON...the conflict can can be good and bad. Sometimes our gut cautions us from making a mistake we would later regret. And, sometimes it keeps us from doing the very thing we would love to do. The wisdom comes in knowing when to "go for it" or when to wait.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Quill, good to see you again :) Glad you enjoyed it. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      I go through the same conflicts every day.I feel it in my gut then I say go for it.If I think more about it. I talk myself out of my dreams.Perfect timing.

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      "Quill" 

      7 years ago

      Hugs from the west... well written and touching as always.

      Blessings

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      kennynext, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you liked it.

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      kennynext 

      7 years ago from Everywhere

      Very good. Thanks for sharing with us.

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