Fear of Fire

Rushing through daily obligations,
only to obsessively labor
to grow a social media presence:
twittering, Facebook updating, formspring.
I’m even thinking of joining LinkedIn
as another venue for connecting.

Relentless, compulsive participation
in communion with writers,
working through the writing process
at breakneck speeds
to meet overlapping deadlines.

All for fun, or just because
on direct contemplation
I find in my quiet times,
between different things and writing sprints

I’m scared out of my wits that mine
may not be enough time
to say all that burns in me to get out
in places where I’ll be heard
and instead the flames will just consume me.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #3, scared yet?. Visit the post to see the details of this prompt. Write about something that scares me deeply.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

  • http://pamelavillars.wordpress.com/ Pamela Villars

    Shari, so many of us can relate to this…the not knowing if there will be a meaningful legacy.

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Hi Pamela:
    Thanks. It's good to know I'm not alone in this.

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Hi Pamela:
    Thanks. It's good to know I'm not alone in this.