NoBloPoMo prompt for today:

Barnacle 3

What was your biggest fear as a child? Do you still have it today? If it went away, when did your feelings change?


I honestly don’t remember having a biggest fear. When I was very small, I was afraid of three things:

  1. The barnacles on the trees in Everhart Park

barnacle 4

My mother called them “Barnacles” but now I don’t think that is the correct term.  They didn’t look like the barnacles I saw on Google images; they looked like this one:

Many of them grew on the tall old trees in Everhart Part, the magical park down the street from our house.  I loved the park but was scared of the barnacles.

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  1. Birds

starling on wire

I was also afraid of the birds who made so much noise in the bushes outside of our house in the morning.

Aunt Babe

  1. My Aunt Babe

She was the wife of my father’s brother. She had dancing eyes, a quick wit, and a very large, loud laugh.  It was the laugh that terrified me.


I grew out of all of these fears, and grew into more amorphous ones.

fear   from km fineart

(“fear” from  kmfineart)

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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