Posts Tagged ‘Fear’

  • My Current Credo

    Date: 2017.01.29 | Category: GIFTS OF RESISTANCE 2017: creative writing | Response: 0

    I will not give in.
    I will not give in to this.
    I will not give in to fear.
    I will not give in to their fear.
    I will not give in to mine.
    I will not give in to hate.
    I will not give in to madness.
    I will not give in to darkness.
    I will not give in to ignorance.
    I will not give in to hardheartedness.
    I will not give in to small-mindedness.
    I will not give in to selfishness.
    I will not give in to anger.
    I will not give in to greed.
    I will not give in to avarice.
    I will not give in to pettiness.
    I will not give in to fools.
    I will not give in to sociopaths.
    I will not give in to narcissism.
    I will not give in to authoritarianism.
    I will not give in to nationalism.
    I will not give in to nativism.
    I will not give in to jingoism.
    I will not give in to capitalism.
    I will not give in to hegemony.
    I will not give in to apathy.
    I will not give in to complacency.
    I will not give in to inertia.
    I will not give in to lies.
    I will not give in even if they call them alternative facts.
    I will not give in to bias.
    I will not give in to the alt-right.
    I will not give in to racism.
    I will not give in to sexism.
    I will not give in to homophobia.
    I will not give in to xenophobia.
    I will not give in to Islamophobia.
    I will not give in to religious bigotry of any kind.
    I will not give in to transphobia.
    I will not give in to heteronormativity.
    I will not give in to binary thinking.
    I will not give in to ableism.
    I will not give in to toxic masculinity.
    I will not give in to efforts to normalize these things.
    I will not give in to shame me.
    I will not give in to those trying to erase history.
    I will not give in to negativity.
    I will not give in when I am feeling overwhelmed.
    I will not give in to pressure to stay silent.
    I will not give in to writer’s block.
    I will not give in.

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  • FEARSOME

    Date: 2017.01.29 | Category: GIFTS OF RESISTANCE 2017: creative writing | Response: 0

     

    1.

    Fear of not knowing is a chilling

    fear, a cold war fear, green walls,

    bowed heads, the fear

    baby boomers might have experienced;

     

    I wanted suicide pills in my pocket, just in case

    I didn’t want survival. Fear of what:

    a nuclear weapon, a bomb? No bomb

    shelter. I was clueless.  I wasn’t fit

    to be a living martyr.

     

    But, that was then, pre-Kennedy.  I was

    eleven or twelve, without words.  Intellect

    was government food on the table, cradled

    by child support and a fearless, single

    mother.

     

    2.

    2017, fear is hot, fear an inferno.

    Fear deeper than a sixth grade girl,

    green walls, a cold war.

     

    THIS fear is smart fear.  Aware.

    Listens.  Questions.  What is

    An Executive Order?  Grand

    Standing, a stance set in brick

    walls?  Walls do eventually

    crumble or get knocked down.

    I like my walls to be fences,

    fences to be metaphor, satire,

    and cost nothing—but wisdom.

    Free words rumbling

    and tumbling wild.

     

    This fear knows too much.  It weighs

    heavy with take aways and prophet

    demands.

     

    3.

    I have known prophets. Who hasn’t believed

    they were Jesus? I was a flower child, more

    child than prophet, more disciple than deity.

    Some of us deserve empathy.  Call it

    maturation.

     

    Some say mentally unstable,

    deranged.  Don’t be fooled.

    One has to be worthy

    of psychiatric labeling  as excuse or definition.

    Evil.  Out of control narcissist. Evil.

    I’ve seen it before, but never this pronounced.

     

    4.

    Greed is unbelievable and unbecoming.  Greed will be

    Undone.  I call for a bell bottom revival, tie

    dye shirts, and love-ins.  “The Mystical Magical Tour”

    and the “White Rabbit.”

     

    Reefer is everywhere, we’ve got the weed.  At least,

    until another Executive Order.

     

    “Mystical Magical Tour,” Lennon–McCartney, 1967, 8 December 1967

    “White Rabbit,” Grace Wing Slick (Jefferson Airplane)

     

    ©Sherry Quan Lee

    January 26, 2017

     

Artist Statement

Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. Lee is a Community Instructor at Metropolitan State University (Intro to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing), and has taught at Intermedia Arts, and the Loft Literary Center. She is the author of A Little Mixed Up, Guild Press, 1982 (second printing), Chinese Blackbird, a memoir in verse, published 2002 by the Asian American Renaissance, republished 2008 by Loving Healing Press, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, Loving Healing Press, 2008.

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