I’m Not Afraid (live)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that these are kind of dark times in some ways. There’s a lot of anger and hate in the air, you can feel it, people are…everybody seems like they’re pissed off. I hear people yelling on the streets, at each other, and it can be discouraging, of course. It just feels like everybody’s got their back up against the wall and nobody feels understood or appreciated. Everyone’s brittle and it feels like it’s just going to take one spark to set off cascading tragedies. But, at the same time, there are advances in medicine, and communications, and energy, and almost every field, that we can’t even keep up with, that I believe is going to usher in a better world, the world that philosophers from Jesus to Ringo have been telling us about – a world of peace and love. Peace and love – it’s coming. I believe it’s coming. But before we get there we’re going to have to tear down some very old, very thick, very stubborn walls of bigotry and hate. And the oldest and thickest and stubbornest is probably the wall of fear so I think one of the best things we can do in times like these is to say – or to sing – I’m Not Afraid. That’s the name of this song…

I’m afraid of losing you
I’m afraid to lose me too
I’m afraid to hurt the people I love
But I’m not afraid of anything else

I’m not afraid of crazy people
Hateful, angry, violent people
Powerful people or the people who crave it
People who want to blow the world up to save it

I’m not afraid

I’m not afraid to hear the truth
Tell me anything you want to
Tell me how I drive you nuts
Tell me why you hate my guts

I’m not afraid to lay with you
To work, or fight, or play with you
I’m not afraid of unhappy endings
Or starting all over again

I’m not afraid

I’m afraid of losing you
I’m afraid to lose me too
I’m afraid to hurt the people I love
But I’m not afraid of anything else



Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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