Real Toads – Monsters

Today at Real Toads Kerry (Shay is in space trip mode 🙂 ) prompts us to write about a monster or monsters, real or imagined.

The Monster in All of Us
Fear is an all-consuming monster.
It begins its gobbling in our brain
and moves to our heart making it beat
Fear is an all-consuming monster.
It kills us slowly –
It kills us quickly –
It kills us inevitably.
Fear is an all-consuming monster.
It jumps at us from shadows
It grabs us by the ankles from under our bed
It hides in the closet under the stairs
Fear is an all-consuming monster.
We are crippled by it
Stopped in our tracks
Our dreams turned into nightmares.
Fear is an all-consuming monster.
In the thunder it screams
In the rainy downpour it gibbers
In the darkness it hides
In our image in the mirror it lurks.
In the watching of a loved one dying
it twists itself around our soul and strangles us.
Fear is an all consuming monster.

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 15:18:22

    Gobbling our brain. Yeesh! And yet it does not stop there, but headsd for the heart as well.

    coal (Fireblossom)


  2. Kerry
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 15:49:22

    Your repeating line reiterates the main idea.. Fear can be a monster if left unchecked to grow and consume a quiet mind.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 31, 2017 @ 15:51:30

      Yes it can. And so many of us seem to live with fear everyday. Fear of some kind, even if as brief as the few seconds when a child doesn’t answer your call or a pet stays out late or a family member is rushed to the hospital. Thank you for reading.

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  3. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 15:53:44

    This is so incredibly relatable Toni, especially; “In the watching of a loved one dying
    it twists itself around our soul and strangles us. Fear is an all consuming monster.”


  4. paul scribbles
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 15:58:18

    It’s a creeper left alone. Well crafted and observant poem.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 16:13:37

    Yes, and there is a collective fear… we help each other grow that terrible monster that eats our brain.


  6. ladynyo
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 16:33:39

    It lurks everywhere. I think you have about covered it, Toni. Under the bed and in the mirror. Great poem!


  7. Sherry Blue Sky
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 20:45:18

    Wow the poem, plus that scary image, have great impact. Well done, Toni!


  8. mhatter99
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 21:06:27

    The repeating line is extremely clever, if one knows how the brain works.


  9. Jim
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 22:22:24

    Hi Toni ~~ A very nice dissertation on fear(s). I especially the real theme, “Fear is an all-consuming monster,” jumping at us from shadows, screaming, messing with our brains, and likely killing us. It got almost scary to read!!


  10. Mama Zen
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 23:40:29

    The repetition really works well. And, this is truer than true.


  11. kim881
    Sep 01, 2017 @ 06:18:26

    You already got me worried with ‘gobbling in our brain’ – I seem to get that a lot these days! I love the way your poem appeals to everyone, from the inner child, with fear jumping out shadows and grabbing us ‘by the ankles from under our bed’ to those of us who look in a mirror and see strangers, and those of us who watch loved ones dying.Yes, fear is an all consuming monster.


    Sep 01, 2017 @ 14:53:53

    Fear is the monster within us. Stress is the binding of fear with puts us in isolation.

    This poem speaks truth.


  13. oldegg
    Sep 01, 2017 @ 20:49:49

    I think fear is inherent for a baby jumps with alarm at a noise or sudden move, as does a sleeping dog. I suppose the answer is to calm down and accept everything that happens as normal. This was the case in WW2 when concentration camp inmates became insensity to the death of others for at least it wasn’t them!


  14. The Thrifty Campers
    Jan 07, 2018 @ 11:45:26

    If only we were naturally fearless of all things


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