(Never have I been so consumed
It begins with monsters
and fear of dark rooms;
quelled with the simplest solutions – a kiss from mom, a hug from dad, or a blanket over our heads.
Never have I been so aroused
With age the anxiety evolves
concerns with predicaments beyond our control;
death, betrayal, or failure cannot be eased easily.
Never have I been so distressed
Even in conditions under our oversight
dread never fails to exhaust our minds;
Dissolving confidence in spite of our might.
Never have I been so daunted)