Like an ominous cloud

Fear spreads through us

Progressing unimpeded

Filling our mind

Catching our breath

Imprisoning our soul


The light of our being

Slowly extinguished

Until there exist

Only slivers of brightness

Slowly wilting away

In the darkness within


Unable to fight back

Any remaining strength

Lost in the labyrinth

Of our tortured soul

Closing the door to the

Last remaining hope


A vicious swirling fog

Finally enveloping us

Taking away all

Rational thought

Leaving us with nothing

At all, but fear

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 29th, 2017 10:49
  • Comment from author about the poem: Imagined how the emotion of fear would feel like
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 87


  • Fay Slimm.

    You capture so well the results of succumbing to fear Fred - - a terrible state to take over a mind - -imagined maybe but by your pen made to feel very real.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Fay, it took quite a bit of imagination since I personally never had such a feeling.

    • orchidee

      I fear this is a good write Fred. lol.

      • FredPeyer

        I fear you may be right! But if that is the case, remember, even a blind chicken will find some food if pecking long enough.

      • kevin browne

        I feel my own fear and that's it. when you start feeling the fear for others or other things then a weakness may be shown. same thing goes for life. people blame life for their problems, mistakes etc when in fact its all down to the self to stay in control. don't play the game but live it as human and stand strong through it all. a fascinating write.

        • FredPeyer

          Thank you Kevin! You are absolutely right, but some people (not me) become practically paralyzed and then have a hard time to get out of it.

          • kevin browne

            I have been in that very situation, my friend. I used to work on a big fishing trawler and I can tell you that's fine dangerous place to be. it can get tough and then it can get rough. in fact it scared the shit out of me.

          • Louis Gibbs

            I can't imagine such hopeless fear, but you managed to quite well. Well done exercise in imagining, Fred!

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks so much Louis! It's all about imagination, isn't it?

            • onepauly

              I've been their. good way to describe it.

              • FredPeyer

                Thank you so much onepauly, since I have never been there, it is nice to get approval from somebody who (unfortunately) has been there!

                • onepauly

                  unfortunately indeed. I had it many, many times. anxiety attacks in my head. I'm over it know tough. I hope for all time.

                • Godisreal

                  Yes..it is fear..beautifully written

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks so much Godisreal!

                  • Michael Edwards

                    The scourge of fear so well described in this gem.

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks Michael, your comment means a lot!

                    • P.H.Rose

                      Been there... got the scars..
                      Brilliant poem sir
                      Loved it

                      • FredPeyer

                        Ah P.H., I hope you are just kidding, I would never wish that kind of fear on anybody. Thanks for your comment.

                      • orchidee

                        I fear that I'm not following all this Outback! heehee. I've not stopped to unravel all you've said!

                      • burning-embers

                        I felt fear overtake me very recently. Horrible, it had me shaking and pumped with adrenaline. Was an unfounded fear fortunately and a good friend talked me out of my imagined situation. But just as u say, it was all over me at one stage.

                        • FredPeyer

                          I am glad you got out of it. For some people it is very hard. I think fear is worry on steroids, but they are similar. And how many times do you worry about something that does not even happen. The same with fears. I guess it is all in the head.

                        • Heather T

                          False Evidence Appearing Real...I tell myself that when anxiety strikes. You've penned this emotion well.

                          • FredPeyer

                            Thank you Heather, I am a lucky man, never had anxiety attacks, migranes, panic attacks, or even real depression. Am feeling down sometimes, and the worst my head had to endure were the occasional hangovers when I was younger. I have to use my imagination to try to emulate these emotions.

                          • Goldfinch60

                            Very good write and very well imagined. Imagination can pull us all into that fearful trap.

                            • FredPeyer

                              That is so true Goldfinch! Thanks for reading.

                            • Renzi

                              Ive missed reading your work 💓

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