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Fear is more
than just a word.
It’s the hell
in your father’s eyes.
It can drive you
to madness.
Leaves you trembling.
The fearful
will always be in
control.
You’re a slave to it,
never to leave
its tight grasp
around the throat
of your life.
Fear is more
than just a word.

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Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw is a writer of morbid or horror poetry and short stories and is currently working on self-publishing a collection of his writings. He is incarcerated in California, and publishes under a pen name because he feels that his incarceration hurts his chances of being a successful writer.