Limerick Challenge – Fear

This week’s limerick challenge asked for a poem inspired by fear. This could have inspired a verse on phobias or the plethora of very visible fears we project on a daily basis, or it could have prompted something much darker.

I chose to go darker (as you may have guessed). What are the things we never tell a living soul about? Do we have fears so deeply rooted in our psyche that we never utter them aloud? I considered the constant, gnawing fear the safety of a child evokes that only a parent can relate to, or the horror of confronting your own mortality through illness. What I eventually decided to go with was actually inspired by Rashmi, the host of the Limerick Challenge.

A couple of weeks ago, Rashmi posted the below YouTube video about the way women see their bodies. It demonstrates the damaging effect that media and social expectations have on a woman’s body confidence every day. It’s been whirling around my head since then, popping up when I look in the mirror and chastising me if a negative thought about somebody else pops into my head.


Watch it. You will then understand the angle I am attacking this week’s prompt from.

My limerick this week is:

She stood at the mirror and cried,

Defeated in all that she tried,

Her logical brain,

Wrapped up the pain,

But daily a piece of her died.

body image,sad girl,sadness,



About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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8 Responses to Limerick Challenge – Fear

  1. This is so powerful, so very powerful. Love it, Nicola! 🙂

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  2. magarisa says:

    Powerful verse about a sad reality.

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  3. This rings true on so many levels. Liking yourself is so difficult with all the external expectations piled on and the pit gets deeper every day.

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  4. Sue Ranscht says:

    I keep wondering why we should even care about our body image. Sure, care about your health — but some artificial societal / cultural standard of “beautiful” or “disgusting”? Why should we care?

    Because of small-minded, ignorant, judgmental, narcissists who call names and shame people?

    Doesn’t that mean they’re right, and they win? F ’em, f ’em all.


  5. Kay says:

    Oh this is so powerful! Relatable, too. Wonderful limerick!💜

    Liked by 2 people

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