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This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "fear" square in my 8-1-17 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Monster House series.


"Stepping Out"


There's always a risk
involved in stepping out
from the lines that society
draws in its head.

I know this -- I've seen it --
this is why the troll rarely
comes out of the basement
and the lurking shadow
stays in dark corners.

Our house is a refuge.

It's a safe space
in which all of us
can be ourselves.

Yet there's more to
the world than one house,
however marvelous or
welcoming it may be.

We cannot let fear rule us,
else be less than we could be.

Like the bogeyman, we choose
to face the world the way it is,
no matter how daunting.

The threshold draws the line
of courage across our lives;
stepping out is an act of audacity.

This is why our doormat
reminds us, Be Brave.

* * *

Notes:

Courage is the virtue of facing risk without retreating. Learn how to become braver.

See the "Be Brave" doormat.

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Date: 2017-03-13 05:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
• We cannot let fear rule us,
else be less than we could be.

"Else"? That doesn't make sense to me. "And", or "Lest we".

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
It's an odd usage but it feels familiar to me - which might mean nothing more than my brain is tired and reading things a bit funky.

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Date: 2017-03-14 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
It did to me, too. But I'm used to old-type languages. Comes from having a Chaucerian and old gaelic speaker in-system, even if they don't come around much these days.

(My dah is the Chaucerian; his English, when spoken, sounds old to middle English-like and he's often been described as such; my uncle Craimar can Irish-English, but his accent is that of Older Ireland, even if he sounds newish-sounding through here. xd

-Fallon~

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Date: 2017-03-13 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janetmiles.livejournal.com
So, does the doormat face the person exiting the house, or the person entering the house? Because I think both would be valid, but would have different meanings / symbolism.

Well...

Date: 2017-03-13 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
It faces the person leaving the house, per the topic of the poem. An argument could be made for both, but the people living in the house find its inside more relaxing than the world outside.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-03-14 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janetmiles.livejournal.com
That's pretty much what I had figured, but wanted to check.

My thoughts about the symbolism of having it face away were along the lines of intending that visitors be encouraged as well, and/or having "be brave" holding the residents' backs, as it were, when they leave the house, and/or a subtle warning to incoming visitors that things might not be entirely what they expect.

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Date: 2017-03-13 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
They could have one that read "Welcome" from both directions without having to move the mat. :-D

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Date: 2017-03-15 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnpalmer.livejournal.com
Heh. That's nice, and I like the idea for them as likes the idea.

I wouldn't use it, though. For me, it'd be like "Yeah, right, the outside world welcomes me! huh-huh, NOT!"

(I mean, people have stopped throwing rocks at me when I leave the house, I'm not saying there's no progress.)

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