Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dread And Fear

If nothing else, I've learned this year
the difference
between dread
and fear.

Fear is the "maybe"
and the "might"
that gives shape
and shadow to the night.

While dread is steady,
sure, and certain -
a beast
that is, itself, a burden.

Fear lends itself
to faith and prayer.
Dread is proof
God doesn't care.

Flood a fear with light;
it might not last.
If it does, it's dread;
fear come to pass.

This still needs a lot of work, but I just couldn't miss Fireblossom Turkeyday at Real Toads.


Fireblossom said...

Those last two stanzas, for sure, don't need any work at all. They're right on the money. Happy Thanksgiving, turkey! xo

Kerry O'Connor said...

Fear lends itself
to faith and prayer.
Dread is proof
God doesn't care.

This says everything... it could be carved in stone.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

As always, you totally nail the topic at hand. This is really really good.

brudberg said...

I think this is exactly how dread is.. but fear can become dread if we do not use some light.

Jim said...

I like the fourth stanza also. For sure, it seems that God doesn't care when all goes to pot. I once had a lawyer friend tell me, just when I needed it, that if it seems NO ONE in the world loves you anymore, God still does love you. I had lots of thoughts about that one and finally decided that God did still love me.
Lighter, seems I am forever dreading that my fears will come true.

Anonymous said...

Yeah well, you nailed it. Dread is fear's atheism. Holy moly.

Marian said...

Yes... dread is the pit in the belly in preparation for the inevitable. Yikes.

Outlawyer said...

Pretty great. k.

Anonymous said...

this is very thought provoking - in a good way

Helen said...

I love this and can't imagine how it could be better/different!

Sara McNulty said...

You nailed this one with definitions, and those last two paragraphs! Wonderful.

grapeling said...

MZ wields the hammer, again. ~

Gillena Cox said...

certainly a very interesting debate

have a nice weekend

much love...

Susie Clevenger said...

A perfection portrait of fear and dread..Fear still holds some hope. Dread has erased it.

Margaret said...

I can't fault a single syllable !!