Life of Fear by Toluwalase Fowowe


When I was Seven years old

I got acquainted to real fear

Through the flash of a cane

As it whipped past my ear

No harm was done to me

It didn’t stop my real tears

What was this new feeling?

What was this new frontier ?

As I cowered from the cane

This new feeling became clear

When I was Seventeen years old

I grew accustomed to more fear

Had gotten used to that emotion

The infamous one of yesteryear

But I saw it through a car light In my eye as I sat in the rear

What was this new feeling,

That emanated from the gear?

As the cars made impact

I felt the feeling so severe

When I am Infinity years old

I will be engulfed in more fear

Compounded ten times over

All throughout the years

And as aged as I will be

As wrinkled as I will appear

The feeling’ll still haunt me

Affecting my relationships and career And will still be a new feeling

That guides the ship I steer

What will make it new this time ?

That much is unclear

What remains crystal clear is, I will never get used to fear.

About the author


Add Comment

By clarajack


Get in touch

Pencilmarks and Scribbles Magazine was founded in 2017 by Clara Jack to be a home for African writers, asking them to come as they are and giving them room for growth. The publication aims to give back to the Nigerian Literary scene for the things it has given us.