Fear, or: Faith, or: Courage

A Sijo

we choose fear, faith, or both, she says, 
naรฏvely assured, childlike; 
I wince at the innocent 
condescension and broke beliefs; 
a broken rock blocks the view, 
which takes courage to circumvent 


A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a โ€œturn,โ€ and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.

Twiglets #320

broke as a rock

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31 thoughts on “Fear, or: Faith, or: Courage”

  1. The last 2 lines of this David are profound & so true! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ On the subject of faith vs fear or both: We all live with some type of fear or phobia but I believe if you’ve faith in yourself as opposed to a higher power then you can, to borrow your word, circumvent it! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

      1. Absolutely dude! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ And itโ€™s that courage thatโ€™ll get us through a lot of fearful or anxiety inducing situations.

    1. To me, the juxtaposition itself presents the problem of faith in stark terms ~ the very human and relatable avoidance of fear does not make one’s faith true.

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