• lenten journal: the flavor of fear

    by  • March 11, 2019 • fear, lenten journal, poetry • 4 Comments

    I have a growing collection of phrases that I have come across reading. I started writing them down just to see what they might become. One of them became the title of the poem below, though I’m not sure this is an ice cream shop I’d enjoy.

    the flavor of fear

    social anxiety a la mode
    chicken ripple, rocky road

    crowded elevator, past mistakes,
    family gathering, faulty brakes,

    ice-o-lation, terrorist crunch
    late-night rumble, sucker punch

    online date, salty stranger
    minty clear and present danger

    broken promise, stomach flu
    foreign substance, botched tattoo

    repeated failure, fall from grace
    double vision, deep disgrace

    final jeopardy, too much stuff
    perfect storm, just not enough



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    4 Responses to lenten journal: the flavor of fear

    1. Julie
      March 11, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Love it.

    2. Claud
      March 12, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Nice mash up!

    3. Margaret Dolbow
      March 12, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Reminds me of “Isn’t It Ironic” Nicely gathered!

    4. March 12, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Family gathering, huh? Clearly a certain “flavor” of family gathering.
      Fun ride. Thanks!

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