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36 Shades of Fear

Teodora is a bilingual writer. She is the author of two books, a poetry volume and a collection of short stories.


26 Poetic Definitions of Fear (in alphabetical order)

Abysmal apprehension

Bilious bugbear

Creeping chimera

Deceiving disquietude

Foreboding frisson

Ghostlike grip

Harrowing heartbeats

Insidious idea

Joyless jumpiness

Knavish keeper

Lurking lunacy

Mischievous misgiving

Nagging nervousness

Overwhelming obsession

Pulsating panic

Quivering question

Raving restlessness

Shivering sensation

Turbulent tremor

Ubiquitous uneasiness

Vicious vortex

Wicked worry

Xaronkaroo Xanax

Yellow yield

Zealous zombie


I’m infinitely afraid of finite things

of what tomorrow [sometimes] brings.

I’m quite afraid of must and could

of have to, shouldn’t, can’t, and would.

I’m somewhat afraid to play by the book

of all the chances that I never took.

I’m hardly afraid of storms and quakes

and even less of bats and snakes.

I’m never afraid of summer days

nor of my dream lover’s gaze.


I know one or two things about fear. Ok, that’s not true. I definitely know more than two things. Even though it’s very difficult sometimes, I believe that there is something to be learned from everything, which is why I also added a poem that ends on a positive note.

The poetic definitions of fear were a real challenge. I tried to keep an adjective + noun structure. In addition, both the adjective and the noun in each line begin with the same letter, following alphabetical order. The X, Y, and Z lines gave me a headache.

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Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 26, 2021:

Thank you, Li-Jen! Yes, writing poems is one of the things that I can do fearlessly. :)

Li-Jen Hew on September 26, 2021:

Nice job on choosing the 26 definitions. You did them fearlessly and with real patience. What a cute poem and something we can all relate to. I agree that "must" can be intimidating.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 26, 2021:

Thank you, Fran!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on September 26, 2021:

Great poems, so true.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 26, 2021:

Thank you, Lora! I appreciate your comment!

Lora Hollings on September 25, 2021:

I really enjoyed your poems, Teodora. An excellent write. I really liked the way you phrased your fear poem. I agree with you that there is always something positive in the midst of our fears or anxieties and we need to focus on that.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 25, 2021:

Thank you very much, Linda! I'm glad you enjoyed my poems.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 25, 2021:

You did a great job of describing fear! The first poem was very skilful, and the second one was lovely. I enjoyed reading them both.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 25, 2021:

Thank you, Umesh!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 25, 2021:

Very nice. Well composed.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 25, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda! Yes, you are right, there is always something positive, something to be grateful for.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 25, 2021:

What a unique way to put this into words.

Quite a challenge on the first one though.

Loved the other one too.

There's always something to positive.

I'm afraid to play by the book...that's a great part.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 25, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah, for your kind words! I am really glad you liked the poems and enjoyed the result of my poetic efforts. :) You too have a great weekend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 25, 2021:

This is incredible. It was fantastic, especially the first one. I agree with John that it was difficult, but you did it. Your title piqued my interest. It's beautifully scribbled. Thanks for sharing. Have a fantastic weekend.

Many blessings!!

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 25, 2021:

thank you, John! Yes, the first one was a real challenge that I set for myself.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 25, 2021:

Teodora, you did a great job with these poems. The first one would have been especially difficult but you succeeded. I'm impressed.

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