Inside Out

Is a funny

It cowers inside
Jockeying for position
With your heart
And lungs
And sometimes — oh
With a rude jolt
To the bladder.

It takes up space
Preferably occupied
By your hopes
(don’t bother)
And dreams
(don’t dare)
And sometimes — ow
With a painful blow
To your ego.

But Fear
Is just a

Take it out
Into the light
Hold it in your hand
(tickle it, see what happens)
Put it in your pocket
(pull it out to frighten the others)
And sometimes — yes
Look it in the eye
And tell it no.

Because Fear
Is just a

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