The Fear of Falling

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Fear of Falling by Brooke Shaden

Fear of Falling by Brooke Shaden

The Fear of Falling

She dreams of being a butterfly
bold colorful wings to lift the grey frailty
of her newspaper skin.
Read and crumpled in the corner
tossed there long ago
she cocoons herself and wonders
“Was I ever young?”

She tries to remember her last dream
and squeezes her eyes tight.

Radiant wings
Strength and Purpose
uncoil from her back.
She takes flight in the moment
fearing to stay in her place.

Today the poets at the dVerse pub are drinking in the poignant art of Brooke Shaden and writing poetry. To see more of Brooke Shaden’s art please visit her site:

Come join Grace and the rest of us for Poetics: Passion of Brooke Shaden

This poem can now be found in The Unique & Sundry, which happens to be available on Amazon.


34 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Ah, I can identify with “Was I ever young?” Sometimes I ask myself that; and other times I feel as if I am the perennial youth! I enjoyed this, Delaina.

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Things do seem easier in our youth when we look back but we are in a stage of become something new no matter our age. Thanks for reading Gabriella.

  2. Grace
    Grace says:

    Substance and purpose, when we find it, can make us fearless & willing to take flight where we want to ~ Lovely share Delaina ~ Thanks for linking up with D’verse ~

  3. Delaina
    Delaina says:

    Thank you for tending the bar tonight Grace. Great choice of artist. I hope as creators that our substance and purpose gives us the courage to take flight.


  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Glenn Buttkus says:

    Wow, haunting metaphor of woman as butterfly, either coming out of puberty & adolescence, or approaching the winter of her life, & the reaching within to her inner child, her youth, when her winds could support her needs; cool take.

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Glenn! I wanted to capture some of the artist’s motivation. Thank you for reading, cheers!

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Audrey! Yes some of us are old as children but the trick is to stay young at heart right 😉

      Thanks for reading.

  5. claudia
    claudia says:

    it is sad when we cannot remember our last dream and worse if there are no new ones…i’m glad she took flight there in the close and spread her wings towards new dreams despite the fear of falling

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Claudia it is sad when we cannot remember our dream or to make new ones. I was hoping to touch on the Shaden’s motivation of human trafficking. I wonder, do dreams one had before fade like newspaper print?

      Thank you for reading and your comment!

  6. Bjorn
    Bjorn says:

    a newspaper skin, and was I ever young.. these resonate with me a lot.. finding your way to playfulness lost is hard in the world we live in..

  7. brian miller
    brian miller says:

    the use of the butterfly …and the newspaper as extended metaphors in this are great….the skin/newspaper/crumpled in the corner…i am not sure if the flight in the end is a good thing or not…i guess it is all in how you read it….staying put is sometimes good….but others not….

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Brian!
      I so appreciate your comments and feedback. The poem was loosely related to the human trafficking motivation of Shaden in that case I felt I had to give our subject wings to remove herself from being forgotten news.

      Perhaps I need more lines to explain the transition?

      Thanks again!

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