Greatest fear

By Joyce Job

I'm scared of me,

My dreams so wild

My energy so reckless

My thirst so addictive.


I' scared of me,

my slippery tongue,

my fuming anger,

my fidgeting hands

lest I break things

worse I break hearts

worst I break people.


I'm scared of me,

my vivid limitations,

my vague aspirations.

I want to be a Mother Theresa

But I know

There is also a Hitler in me

and he is not alone.


I'm scared of me,

my bitter jealousies,

my sugar coated possessiveness,

my spicy selfishness,

my airy ego.

What if I burn my mask of pretences?

Will I like the real rotten face?


I'm scared of me,

my love for power,

my ease with choices,

but above all

my cowardice with fears.

I'm scared of what they want me to be.

I'm scared knowing I can be anything I want to be.


But I want to be different

In this world of moulds and standards,

In this world of success and fame,

In this world of prejudice and hatred


I want to be nothing like them,

the world.

I want to be the good in me

and I want the evil in me to sleep undisturbed,

to die even,


that part of me will never be needed,

never be invited,

never be loved,

never be pampered.


I don't want to be anything but me

'Coz I don't know anybody else's moves,

dialogues or acts.

But I'm scared they might convince me

to be somebody else

and that I might fall again

like  that one time I fell flat and loud, bruised myself and stood up again.


What if I fall again?

Will the good in me still survive?

Or will I become like the world

blood shot, shrewd, cunning

contemplating every move and every glance

throwing love and affection to the dice of time

as pawns in this never ending  cubes of a cruel chess board,

to be and not to be? 


  • you’ve been pure and honest in every word. so touching!

  • Thank you all for your amazing support :) Great inspiration to write more :)

    Joyce Job
  • Joyce,I know those words were written from your heart. It was wonderful.Keep writing. So nice to have humble daughter like you. God bless you.

    Helen John
  • Joyce, it’s very beautiful.
    The way you expressed the fear. It was like you just see what fear is for everyone and you decorated it by putting words into them. Even the fear become the beauty.
    Keep it up!!

    Chitpara Vashishtha
  • Good work Joyce???

  • Surreal… Keep up the good work… (y)

    Sree Lal
  • Good job

  • Amazing work!! Keep writing. :)

    Divya Mondal
  • Amazing Jo! Keep writing beautiful stuff :)

    Sruthi Pasumarthy
  • Thank you for reading :)

    Joyce Job
  • Beutiful!

  • Beautiful


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