It isn’t the fears of childhood
that keep me awake.
It is the fears of adulthood.
If only such fears could be banished by uttering a single word.
I listen for your breathing…
at last I hear the soft
puh, puh, puh

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kerry
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 10:07:42

    Indeed! The fears of adulthood are not so easily overcome.


  2. elleceef
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 11:20:51

    I agree with your poem, if only there wad that word,,


  3. Charmed Chaos
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 11:49:39

    Well, I am happy to know I am not the only one who wakes up in the night and listens to ensure my husband is breathing. So much truth here Toni, I guess this comes with aging.


  4. sanaarizvi
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 16:57:58

    The fears of adulthood are haunting and difficult to battle.. such a poignant share, Toni ❤


  5. Kestril Trueseeker
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 17:23:01

    There’s a lot of terror in the waiting to hear those puffs.


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 08, 2019 @ 18:52:15

      Yes it is. My parents were protective of me and made sure I didn’t suffer undue traumas. The first Disney moving I saw which was Dumbo, left me in tears and with bad nightmares. No more Disney movies for me. I appreciate them doing that for me, for banishing the closet monster, for all the tings they did when I was a child. I miss them and miss them banishing my adult fears.


  6. SatyaPriya
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 20:50:25

    “Fears of adulthood”. Those of us who never grow up certainly fear adulthood. Or there’s the fears we have as adults. Nice ambiguity there.


  7. coalblack
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 21:10:59

    That’s the most reassuring sound in the world, if it’s someone you care about. Anything else can be worked out if you have that.


  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 21:45:47

    A very real and deep fear indeed. Long may you have the reassurance!


  9. Jim
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 22:02:27

    Adult fears are deeper than those of children but all can be terrifying. Assurance from another helps a lot. A nice reminder, Toni.


  10. Susie Clevenger
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 00:16:14

    Adult fears have so many more textures.


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