Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Stepping Out"

This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "fear" square in my 8-1-17 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Monster House series.


"Stepping Out"


There's always a risk
involved in stepping out
from the lines that society
draws in its head.

I know this -- I've seen it --
this is why the troll rarely
comes out of the basement
and the lurking shadow
stays in dark corners.

Our house is a refuge.

It's a safe space
in which all of us
can be ourselves.

Yet there's more to
the world than one house,
however marvelous or
welcoming it may be.

We cannot let fear rule us,
else be less than we could be.

Like the bogeyman, we choose
to face the world the way it is,
no matter how daunting.

The threshold draws the line
of courage across our lives;
stepping out is an act of audacity.

This is why our doormat
reminds us, Be Brave.

* * *

Notes:

Courage is the virtue of facing risk without retreating. Learn how to become braver.

See the "Be Brave" doormat.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, family skills, fantasy, fishbowl, life lessons, poem, poetry, reading, safety, weblit, writing
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