A Writer’s Fear



A writer’s fear grows

not in the fresh page

but in the many pages;


the truth, the reveal,

the commitment, the test,

damned if abandoned

judged if complete

a soul on show

a creed laid bare

terrified by readers waiting

agonised they might never meet

dependent on a nod

despair come disbelief

come hope,

the shatter of rejection

the joy of acceptance

I taste them stronger than sweet bitters on my tongue.

                                                                                                             CM Bell 8.4.2011


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Corinne Fenton

Lovely poem Chris and so honest. Hope it’s widely read.

May 18, 2011 at 10:51 am
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I love your poem, Chris,

I could really relate to it. We always walk that fine line between fear and hope, don’t we?


May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

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