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by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, October 25, 2002

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           >> View all 409 you know what it is like to be scared?
You don't know whether you're in control, prepared

You feel like people are behind your back, talking;
And you have a fear of being the victim of a stalking

When people scare you, you scream and panic;
You feel as though you're sinking on the Titanic

You don't like walking home by yourself at night;
Each strange movement or noise causes a fright.

You don't feel safe until you've reached your door;
And you don't know if you can tolerate much more.

I am a sufferer of fear; I have a good reason to be;
I've been threatened by punks several times..three.

I walk home from work, and often Karla is with me;
I don't like it when I'm alone, alone with my dignity!

Twice, punks said they'd harm me; I got so scared;
But then the next time it happened, I was prepared!

I called the police, also told Karla of the threat,
And so far, no harm has come to me yet!

But because of it I am frightened and scared,
And I feel like I am emerging from a nightmare.

It is bad enough when anyone's threatened at all;
But to threaten a disabled person..the nerve of it all!

I am on a crutch, can't move or run that fast;
But I hate reliving these awful memories of the past!

The kids who were involved were punished, and one was the next door neighbor of mine. They have since been evicted; and I've had very little problems since then, but each Hallowe'en I relive these times. It is NOT a laughing matter to be scared; and I also hate people coming up behind me and making loud, sudden noises or talking to me if I don't hear them. I am hard of hearing anyway, and I have to hear someone first before I respond; if I don't they just may regret it, as I may smack them a good one!! It's not because I am a mean, terrible person; it's because I've been scared too many times in my life, and this is how I happen to react!

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Reviewed by Ken Kupstis 10/31/2002
Heartfelt, a great catharsis with an excellent rhyme scheme. Fear sucks but it's a great alarm system. Sorry you experienced this, but these cretins will doubtlessly be in prison soon enough. (Thanks for reviewing HAUNTED, too) Keep up the good ya, KK
Reviewed by fare good (Reader) 10/29/2002
This word fear is the killer of nations. This is an excellent peace.
Reviewed by Larry Skahill 10/26/2002
just continue to be strong
they are cowards
good job of writing about it
Reviewed by jude forese 10/25/2002
be strong and always be ready...
Reviewed by The Voice (Reader) 10/25/2002
First of all, HUGS to you. God made us as humans to be intellegent, sometimes we are too stupid to realize it. Animals are lucky in that their defenses are automatic, like the porcupine and the skunk... Just to make you smile.

The Voice
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/25/2002
So sad that there are punks in life to always act like the world owed them a living and to take out their frustrations on those unable to defend themselves. They are really bullies and cowards. Sorry you had to go through it. Hope it stays calm for you.
Reviewed by Gregory Sonn (Reader) 10/25/2002
Hi Karen,
Unfortunately small minds think alike. People always fear what they don't understand, and they are probably more afraid than you were but more capable to pick on someone as a group. I have gotten in trouble a few times in my life protecting the "nerds" in school because I wouldn't let them pick on someone. I was fortunate to be big enough to show them the other side of the coin and then their parents had nerve enough to come to my house and blame ME for the beatin' they received but that never stopped me from coming to their aid. Thank you for sharing what has to be a horrible experience. Gregg
Reviewed by Denise Cortez Klotz 10/25/2002
I will not say im sorry for you, I feel sorry for the punks...for being ignorant. I do know what it is to be scared for my life. Use this to make yourself a stronger and better person. Pave the way for others who were in your position, let them can be over come.
your fear is well written. thank you for sharing.
Reviewed by Ed Lupinacci (Reader) 10/25/2002
Sorry you had to experience this
I just don't understand how people can be so mean
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 10/25/2002
Sorry, fear is an awful thing to experience.
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 10/25/2002
You expressed the feelings so well in this.
I am sorry that you have to feel like this, and hope you feel better about it soon.

Reviewed by Betty Rickard 10/25/2002
{{Hugs}}} Fear is the worst feeling..A great
write..Written so well..Try never to show anyone you are scared..look them right in the eye..These type of people love when fear is shown,..Sad write...Heartfelt..Excellent!
Reviewed by m w 10/25/2002
Fear can grip us all, faith is our only defense.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 10/25/2002
I like what Jay said...and agree with everyone about this write. Very good and very moving, as well...
I'm glad that it's over now...
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 10/25/2002
A terrible feeling to be afraid. Good write Karen.
Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader) 10/25/2002
{{ hugs }} I think many of us can relate to fear.. of some kind or another. its sad that the kids were scaring you though.. They should be more wary of a person carrying a cane.. Those cane's can be used for more than ading in walking ;) Not to worry. I will never sneak up on ya. (grin) I don't want to get whapped..

Love ya
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 10/25/2002
Glad you're alright, enjoyed the poem.
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 10/25/2002
nice write, but a sad way to feel, hope everthing is going well,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/25/2002
(((HUGS))) this is a good, but sad story...i'm sorry you've experienced isn't funny. walk tall, be proud, and don't worry...i'm right beside you. (((HUGS))) and love, karla.
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