Greatest Fear and Fatal Flaw

Writing Challenge: Sept 2, 2018

Prompt: What is your greatest fear?


I fear loneliness-

but I fear dependency more.

Each fear feeds the other.


I fear becoming too attached on someone who will leave.

I fear relying on those who will find me a burden.

I even fear that my fear causes me to push others away.


I swallow my emotions, my needs, and desires-

to please those I don’t wish to lose.

Still, despite my precautions the fear always lingers:

“don’t be a burden, don’t get too close, don’t let anyone in-

They will grow tired, they will give up, they will betray.”


I love deeply, but my trust is shallow-

asking for little so I have nothing to owe.

Fearing loneliness, but fearing dependency more-

My independence is my fatal flaw

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