Fear

By AL

Yesterday, fear was my greatest enemy
Yet, today it’s a companion of mine
And since no man can foretell the future
Tomorrow we’ll see what we shall find

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45 Comments

  1. Cameron on December 7, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    AL,

    I love how you are able to have such a powerful meaning in such a short poem. I think it’s a really interesting idea and mindset—that fear can either be an enemy or we can use our fear to rise up. We never know what the future will hold, so we should focus on today. I’m definitely going to start changing my mindset to this, so thank you for sharing your wisdom!

    -Cameron

  2. Joyce on December 7, 2020 at 3:37 PM

    Dear AL,

    Your poem is short but still so profound and meaningful in its message. It is wonderful to acknowledge and embrace fear and uncertainty, because not knowing the future is what gives us hope for positive change. This is beautiful and I wish you all the best for your tomorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Joyce

  3. Callie Cloran on December 8, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Al, this is a very powerful poem. I really appreciate the comforting lyrics about not letting fear dictate your life. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Katherine on December 8, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    I love how simple, yet powerful this poem is. The thought behind each word is apparent. I also love the hopeful outlook for the future.

  5. Maggie on December 8, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    This poem was very unique and I liked how it related fear to something that is unknown, and how life can be very unexpected!

  6. JM on December 10, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Dear AL,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I really liked how wise and simple it is. Right now is a very uncertain time for many, yet the message of being okay with fear and uncertainty is really powerful. Thank you for crafting and sharing an inspirational message.

    Best,
    Joseph

  7. Talia on December 10, 2020 at 1:56 PM

    Hi AL!
    I really like how your poem felt so deep and filled with meaning in 4 short lines. I found myself stopping to think and really taking in each individual sentence. I was especially drawn to the way in which the first two lines and the last two lines were coupled. For example, the first and second line have a strong juxtaposition with the words yesterday, today, enemy and companion. Overall I loved how such a short poem had such a strong message!

  8. Ken on December 10, 2020 at 2:16 PM

    This poem was short but deep. There was a very good opening to the poem and a very good closing as well. All in all, I think you did a very good job writing it! Keep up the good work!

  9. Sabryn Ferchichi on December 10, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    AL,

    This poem reminds me of the song Yesterday by The Beatles. I enjoy how it’s short and gets too the point, while remaining impactful and having depth. I definitely think this is the type of poem that could be built onto because it has a lot of potential to have addition, or perhaps there could be more poems that relate almost like a story. It leaves me wanting more from you!

  10. Tashayla Hawkins on December 11, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    This is excellent! Leave the things that’s in the past in the past, and look forward to the blessings that are to come in the future.

  11. Beth on December 13, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    AL, thank you for sharing this poem. Fear is something that everyone faces, and I really like how you use fear to empower you instead of letting it hold you back. You talk about how the future can be a very scary thing, but by just taking it one day at a time and not stressing to much about what you cannot control, you will get through it.

  12. Abby on December 13, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    I loved the raw emotion that shined through in this short, but impactful poem. It tells the story of accepting fear and the unknown of the future- as everyone must do as human beings. Amazing poem, I loved it!

  13. hali on December 13, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    I like how simple but effective your poem is. I think this has a good outlook on life and I hope you continue on this positive path!

  14. Samantha on December 17, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    AL,

    I really loved the vulnerability of this poem. I sensed a hint of tension in not knowing what the future brings that makes this poem so powerful! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  15. Anna Rowell on December 19, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    I really like this poem! It’s short, but really gets to the point. Great job!

  16. kassidilenae on December 19, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    AL,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this! I know for me learning to live with fear and uncertainty has been one of the hardest lessons to learn. However, this uncertainty can foster hope and faith. Keep writing!

    KC

  17. Jescie Roberts on December 20, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Hey AL! This is a really thought provoking poem and I love it!!! With it only being 4 lines and shorter, it allows me to think deeper into what the message is you are trying to convey. Your poem is so true though and I can resonate with it because fear can make or break you whether it is used as motivation or it controls your every move to where you seem paralyzed in fear it can change constantly. Good poem and keep up the good work!

  18. Virginia on December 21, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Hi AL,
    I really really like this poem. You packed such a powerful idea into just four short lines. It’s so interesting to think about fear as an enemy, a companion, and…what comes next? Does fear become a friend? Does fear disappear altogether? I’m curious to find out and I’m also a little…fearful.
    Although the ending is mysterious and inconclusive, I also feel a sense of hope when I read your poem. I see a progression from a life in constant battle with fear, to a life in which fear is present but not harmful. That is such a cool idea to me—that fear is normal and we shouldn’t be afraid of it. Should we even start embracing fear? I think being in situations in which we are scared can help us learn more about ourselves and become stronger as humans. Sometimes I feel scared about the future, but I like how your poem reminds me to take life day by day and not attempt to predict what’s going to happen next, but to remain open and courageous in all situations.
    Thanks for sharing your work. It’s given me a lot to think about and I’ll probably keep thinking about it for a while.

  19. Hailey on December 23, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Very well said – fear can definitely be everyone’s greatest enemy and we need not live in fear of the future, but like you said wait for tomorrow and see what we can find!

  20. Rebecca on December 24, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Dear AL,

    Your poem really stood out to me. Reading it was an intense experience, because I feel like you said so much in just a few lines. As soon as I was done reading it I went back to read it again, and then again. The first two lines are really memorable, what an image, fear transformed from an enemy to a companion!

    I’m intrigued by what you wrote and I really hope you will write more and share it.

  21. Maya S. on December 26, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    AL,

    I love this poem. In four lines, you were able to convey such a beautiful and important perspective. I struggle with worrying too much about everything, including what the future holds, so it was so nice to read this. I love the idea of fear as a companion! It makes me picture it as something not inherently scary, but instead something neutral that just walks beside me. And then you remind us that we cannot possibly predict what will happen, so we just should wait and see, which again, puts a positive and exciting spin on the unknown. Thanks for helping reframe my mind!

    Best,
    Maya

    P.S. I also pictured this as a quote at the beginning of an epic fantasy novel!

  22. Kathy on December 28, 2020 at 4:32 PM

    I like that this little poem says so much in so few words. It made me think about the difference between fear as an enemy or as a companion — and what the other options might be. Thanks for sharing your writing.

  23. Megan Gaines on January 4, 2021 at 8:20 AM

    Hi AL,

    Thank you so much for sharing your poem. The message really resonated with me, especially in a year when there has been so much uncertainty and fear about the world and the issues we are facing right now. I too used to despise fear and uncertainty, but am working on taking it in stride and learning to embrace what is coming and not fear what I cannot control or know. It was so great to read a poem that put this experience into words so well. While reading it I felt understood and reenergized to face the many fears and uncertainties we are facing right now. I hope to read more of your poems!

    Sincerely,
    Megan

  24. Ziniya Shah on January 6, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Hi AL,

    Thank you for sharing your poem! Although short and simple, it has a much deeper meaning and relates very well to this year which has been unpredictable and scary for many. I love the word choice, it is effective and gets the important message across. I really enjoyed the comparison of fear between enemies and companions; it is very accurate for many people. Good job!

    -Ziniya

  25. Maria on January 11, 2021 at 10:01 PM

    Hi AL,

    I really love how powerful, yet short and simple your poem was. It tells a quick story about you overcoming the fear that is inside of you and how you are embracing it. A lot of the time people struggle with overcoming a fear that haunts them and it is hard to embrace it and move on to the next day, but you are showing that it is possible to overcome it. It is an inspiring poem and I think a lot of people could benefit from this message including me. Unfortunately, fear has caused me to avoid things I should have done, but finding the power to get over the fear could have allowed me to do so many more things.

  26. Jordan on January 18, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    AL
    I love how simple, yet powerful, your poem is. A lot of people can relate to the central theme of your poem, which is that fear can be someone’s greatest enemy and can hold them back. Everyone hopes to develop the courage to make fear their companion and not to let it keep them from following their dreams. I hope that you continuing writing and conveying these deep thoughts and ideas in your poems!

    Best wishes,
    Jordan

  27. Riti Kalra on January 18, 2021 at 8:12 PM

    I like how you correlated fear with future yet on the day of, fear can be your closest friend when least expected. It goes to show the power you hold in how you translate fear and use it to either hold you back or push you forward. This parallel is so important and you did it such a simple yet meaningful way. This is great!!

  28. Natalie D. on January 25, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Hey AL,

    Your poem here is short yet packed with a lot of deep meaning. After reading I now look at fear being a sort of mysterious present that we possess, that inevitably may bring the good or bad of tomorrow. Awesome writing!

  29. David on February 24, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    I am beyond amazed at how this four lined poem could bring the impact of an entire essay. It spoke to me as I recall being this person who lived in fear, that is now learning how to face it in the present, and then not fretting so much about it for the future because like you said it is for tomorrow. This really acknowledges that fear is something we all face but how we do so differentiates us.

  30. Dhara Patel on February 24, 2021 at 6:41 PM

    AL, I really enjoyed reading this because although it was short your poem showed a deep meaning to it. We do not know what the future holds for us and it is scary to think of it. I feel like your poem truly portrays the meaning of living in the moment and being present. Amazing poem!

  31. AK on February 24, 2021 at 11:05 PM

    AL, thank you for sharing your poem! Despite being short it was able to paint such a vivid image of the fear of the unknown and instead using it as a power. The shift from fear to companion was incredibly well written and I find myself reflecting on my own thoughts after it as well. My question for you is what as your inspiration behind the poem? How would you follow up on this? Thank you!

  32. Charese on February 25, 2021 at 2:56 AM

    I love the ominous tone you set for this poem. In such a few amount of lines, you perfectly portrayed such powerful emotions (fear and uncertainty). I think it’s interesting to see that, despite the negativity of fear and uncertainty, there seems to be a bit of curiosity and hope in a way in the last line; because you still are looking forward to another day despite its uncertainty.

  33. Martina on March 1, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Dear AL,
    What an amazing talent to convey so much emotion in only a few lines. In my own life I have tried to rid myself of fears and anxieties when in reality it is tied to our overall being. To walk as a companion and learn respect and admiration for what the fears show is crucial. I love how shifting the frame from an enemy to an equal allows one to see the world in a different light. I hold this poem close knowing how it can make such an impact on my life and many around me. Continue your gift of writing. You will change the world by your words.
    Best,
    M

  34. Veda on March 15, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Your poem is so powerful and effective. This idea of viewing fear as a stepping stool instead of what is holding as back is a very empowering mindset. Thank you for your impactful poem. I also love how you combine the past, present, and future to show that we are always becoming more and that we are always changing while the world keeps with us. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  35. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 11:21 PM

    Dear AL,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I find it incredible how thought-provoking your work is in just four short lines. I hope you continue writing, and I hope you are doing well.

    Best wishes,
    – Joe

  36. Grace on March 27, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Hi! This is a great poem, short but powerful and meaningful! Fear consumes us as humans at times, but we always overcome it. The message you sent in this poem is powerful for all readers and reminds us not to let our fear consume us. Fear also has the ability to impact us in a positive way because it can help us push forward and persevere. Thank you for sharing this poem and strong message. I hope you continue to share poems!

  37. Taylor T. on April 8, 2021 at 8:29 PM

    AL,
    What a powerful and meaningful poem this was to read. I love that you have portray fear as not only an enemy but a companion as well. I had never stopped to think of how fear can actually be a companion as well. This was such a thought provoking poem for me. It helps to remind me to be and live in the moment and not be fearful of the unknown. This has been something that I have been working hard to do. Thank you so much for sharing your powerful words. Best wishes.
    -T.T.

  38. Maria Mione on April 15, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    This work is so short yet so dramatic and inspiring. It truly gets you thinking about the different faces of fear.

  39. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Hey AL, I love this poem you wrote! Although it was short, it was so powerful! You said so much, but so little at the same time. I feel like this poem can relate to a lot of people right now and I am glad you have shared it with us.

  40. Saini M on April 17, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    AL,

    This poem is short but is powerful and raw at the same time! You dive into a deeper meaning and do it so effectively.

    Thank you for sharing!

  41. Keirstyn on April 23, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    I absolutely love how short, but straightforward and honest this is. It has so many deeper thoughts within it, that it is truly powerful. The only advice I have is the last line was a bit wordy and kind of took away from the piece for me. Otherwise, great work! Keep writing.

  42. Ayzhiana Basallo on April 28, 2021 at 1:03 AM

    So short yet so powerful. I really felt this one. Fear is something that many people struggle with and to just trust that everything will be ok is all we can do sometimes.

  43. Jay on April 28, 2021 at 8:35 PM

    Your poem has few lines, but says so much. We cannot let our fears occupy our lives. How are we supposed to go through life if all we think about are our fears? We can grow when they are present, by overcoming the things that scare us. This is where our fears can be helpful to us. While we may not know what tomorrow will bring, we can hold comfort in knowing that fear can be a companion and not only an enemy. Our fears may change from day to day, but I am confident that we are able to overcome them.

  44. Jason on April 29, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Yesterday, fear was my greatest enemy,
    And today it has given me some trouble,
    No I cannot foretell the future,
    But tomorrow I won’t let it make me stumble

    Thanks AL,
    Jason

  45. Edmon on April 29, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Al,
    Hi Im a student at Wayne State University and am in a class that aims to engage with the community beyond the university and corporations. I really liked your poem and the deeper meaning behind it even though it was really short. It was concise and to the point. I like how you made a correlation with fear and future. Good luck in the future and good job!

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