Fearfully Treading

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #37 – “Be Not Afraid”

Welcome, then, to dVerse Quadrille #37. In case you haven’t figured it out, I would like you to take the word FEAR and use it in a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding the title. Fear can be used as a verb, noun adjective (fearful) and adverb (fearfully). Don’t be afraid—just take it wherever the muse leads you. Even add a bit of humor to lighten the load.


Photo: John Stansbury via Flickr


If you tread fearfully
through life–going over,
under, and around on tip-
toe–you miss those wild,
unpredictable moments
that may only be experienced
head on, heart in, full
color display in three
dimension. Why settle
for even when you
can be odd?


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to Fearfully Treading

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice even-odd question at the end of the advice to not tread fearfully.


  2. My vote is on ‘odd’ Yeah, haven’t we got up dreading our day and then met with some sort of wonderful magical moment when we least expected. you never know – get out there whether you feel like it or not.


  3. maria says:

    “Why settle
    for even when you
    can be odd?”

    Love this!!

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  4. lillian says:

    Smiling I am! 🙂 Such a good one…..LOVE the ending! Have you seen the greeting card/photo of the little girls, all in their pretty pink tutus standing at the barre? From left to right, about 6 of them. The first five are standing so pretty, all in first position, so following the teacher who is out of sight of the camera….and then there’s the sixth little girl on the end. She has one leg wrapped around the barre and is ready to hang upside down…just the thing a little mischievous child would do, seeing the barre like a jungle gym. Why settle for even when you can be odd? 🙂 LOVE IT!


  5. Love this “head on, heart in” nicely done!


  6. Yaaaaay…let’s be the odd one’s out…loved this Sara.


  7. Well said, Sara. Those who live in fear miss all the good stuff!


  8. This is so very true, Sara. I think poets tend to go with odd and that’s where the fun is!


  9. kanzensakura says:

    or as Z Budapest once posited, why be normal? Indeed! Loved this take on the prompt.


  10. Olga says:

    “There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.” I’d rather be odd, it’s more fun. I live for the unpredictable moments. Wonderful piece of poetry and wisdom for living life to the fullest. ❤


  11. jerennazuto says:

    Why settle for even when you can be odd? Amazing! Great work!


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