Living In Fear
Author: Karla Bardanza


First they make you wear cruel blinkers
as they whip your body with their new truth.
Then they steal your voice, tie your hands,
torture your heart and mind trying to find
what they suppose you still keep and hide.

Little by little they strip you of your dignity.
Ideals and dreams are the first ones to die.
You forget slowly how to walk, glide and fly.
Your scars are so deep and you don't know
whether you are awaken or in profound sleep.

You try not to succumb and creep but when
you look around, your face doesn't belong to
you anymore. You have no identity, no past,
no name or even soul. Fear is the language
they teach you fast. You learn your role.

You sit and cry waiting for better days.
You pray, you choke with that word
you still can't say and today is just like
tomorrow and tomorrow is more one
day in your old book of sorrow.

Some are missing, some are dead and
all you want is to forget that time when
your world was dumb and dressed in red.

------- Author's Notes -------

*We cannot possibly reconcile the principle of democracy, which means cooperation, with the principle of governmental omniscience under which everyone waits for an order before doing anything. That way lies loss of freedom, and dictatorship.

---Lewis H. Brown---

*No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free.

---J. Michael Straczynski---


Comments on this poem/writing:

Colin ( -- Thursday, November 19 2009, 02:12 am

I have no fear myself.....

I have no fear myself as long as I am able to read and be moved by the power of Karla's provocative words.....
...they always free my writer's mind!
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