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Fear of Being
Linda Eve Diamond


She was bold once.
Maybe twice.

She never danced
for fear they’d laugh
she never flew
for fear she’d crash

She never wrote
rarely spoke
nearly choked

on fear she’d err

She walked softly
breathed softly

spoke softly

so softly

She ate little
stayed little
mattered little
so little
so she thought

She tried to be so light
she wouldn’t make
a footprint
but she did

And once you make
a footprint
once you take breath
you’re here
you matter
there is no turning back.


From The Human Experience (iUniverse, 2007).
Used with the author’s permission.


Linda Eve Diamond has published books in multiple genres, including two poetry collections—The Human Experience and The Beauty of Listening. A corporate trainer and business writer, she is also a gifted photographer. Learn more about Linda, who lives in Port Orange, Florida, at, or visit her blog at




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Ronald Bell:
Linda, your poignant poem leaves a footprint on the human heart. Thanks, Ron Bell
Posted 03/09/2016 10:10 AM
Lori Levy:
Love the idea of the footprint this person left, though she thought she "mattered little."
Posted 03/08/2016 12:59 PM
The last stanza does stay with me. Liked the simplicity of this poem and its profound message. Everyone matters.
Posted 03/08/2016 12:21 PM
Loved it...thank you ~
Posted 03/08/2016 12:11 PM
Powerful-- One function of poetry: To tell the truth. Thank you, Linda
Posted 03/08/2016 11:01 AM
Very inspiring for this almost spring day.
Posted 03/08/2016 09:49 AM
well-done, very thought-provoking! Janice
Posted 03/08/2016 09:43 AM
Fun. No turning back.
Posted 03/08/2016 08:54 AM
Something to think about.
Posted 03/08/2016 08:31 AM
I can feel the fear, but the ending is something for all of us to remember. We do matter and can make a difference.
Posted 03/08/2016 08:18 AM
The simplicity of this poem is what makes it so strong. Very nice!
Posted 03/08/2016 05:34 AM

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