“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald’s thought not only captures the universal intellectual/philosophical human challenge.

It also presciently predicted our current political/social climate that finds reasonable people — able to respect and appreciate, if not always agree with others’ political, social and religious views and beliefs — at a rare (and, more often, costly) premium.

With that thought in mind, a new poem written for my writers group, for our  monthly assignment to create something on the theme of “fear.”


I fear…

The faith of the “faithful”

Who see the face of God only in the mirror

Their blessing a curse thinly veiled

Holy hypocrites

Always praying for you

For me

For all

But themselves

I fear…

The love of the “loving”

Wrapped around everything big, small, even unborn

Except actual breathing souls

Locked behind bars of



And hardship

I fear…

The zeal of the “zealous”

True believers’ furious passion for the Cause

Scale-covered eyes blind to new Truths, rage-plugged ears deaf

To dissonant chords



A death knell

I fear…

                                                            October 2016