A Deep Fear

This was a found poem I wrote for English class--taken from the story "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe

A deep fear

of failure and weakness

resenting a father who had

taken no title

Causing him to live by

external passion

A fiery temper who sought

to correct his household

his loved ones lived in fear

perpetual fear

Resented hate ruled

gentleness and idleness


But who is it

he fears greatest?

his father or he himself?

An intimate anxiety deep within

it is he himself he fears

A strong man

yet down within his heart

weakness is still planting

A deep fear

of failure and weakness

A deep fear

of he himself


The End

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