Afraid

That fear, when you're afraid to do something because of what other people will think. It's nerve-racking.

Trembling hand clutching a shivering pen

Each word a solemn sneer 

Fear of criticism, lashing venomously,

The pen drops, the writing stops,

He can't bear to disappoint them,

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 The nervous tread of dancer's feet,

 Each step a mocking sigh

Fear of disgrace, bitter and displeased

She turns away;she's not good enough,

Knowing she can't disappoint them

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 Hesitant hands on piano keys,

Each note an echo of trepidation

Fear of an audience, scornful, undermining,

His hands fumble coming to a rest,

Knowing he can't disappoint them

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An empty stage, blank paper, silence

Raw emotion, constrained and bound,

Fear evident in hearts and eyes,

Curious spectators ready to sneer,

Knowing they shouldn't be disappointed

The End

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