“Alarming Instincts” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Alarming Instincts”

By Ashley O’Hare

Fear exists for a reason.

You were not made to feel twistedly queasy

for fun and games.

You were made with codes and signals

to help you survive.

If someone’s presence

tugs at your fire alarm,

remember your training

and follow protocol.

Bulked up biceps

are merely for aesthetics

unless they are paired

with a strong will.

So when you hit the gym,

don’t miss brain day.

There is no easy way;

to live means to train.

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