Six Word Friday: Dare

I am not filled with dare.

I lean over more toward ware.

I remember 11, 12 years old

Already showing myself not terribly bold.

in Truth or Dare schoolyard sessions

Truth. I’d rather answer a question.

I often struggle to assert myself.

Even when it would really help.

My dear husband is boldness personified.

He cannot fathom why I’m shy.

Actually shy is not the name.

I’m unassertive, not quite the same.

It’s hard to model boldness, see,

when it is anathema to me.

I’d gift my son: the middle.

There, I think, is least struggle.

We need  Get Up and Go.

We also need a little No.

A car without a gas pedal?

won’t take you far. A metal,

gas-powered, super high-speed missile

results from not slowing your projectile.

Some of us need more Oomph

Others need a little more Whoa.

So I try to learn boldness

(and hope Someone learns some whoa-ness)

I think I’ll need a buddy.

Strength in numbers we would be.

Not to lead (love you, honey!)

I’ll follow you, and you me.

Shall we?

I double dare you!

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Keia
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:04:23

    I really enjoyed reading your post today. Love the honesty…and the structure of the poem. Have a great weekend.


  2. Keia
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:07:11

    I also like your new look. I need to move over to WordPress…but the forces, well you know.


  3. Melissa
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 16:05:49

    Some of each would be good.
    In some things, I’m all bold.
    In others… meekness and quiet, please.
    I’m not so good at middles.


  4. Kate B
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 21:29:53

    I always chose “truth”, too. 🙂 I did not trust anyone enough to take their dare! Somehow I grew up to be VERY bold and now am the one that needs to be checked. My old schoolyard chums wouldn’t recognize me. 🙂


  5. ayala
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 03:11:55

    Honest and lovely 🙂


  6. Adrienne
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 07:27:45

    Love the notion of learning traits from each other…appreciating the ‘opposite’ strength and developing balance. I was a truth kid too…not ever dare. Though not sure I really told the truth every time I was asked!


    • Brook @2bdancing
      Jul 02, 2011 @ 08:10:38

      I hope we influence each other toward a more balanced whole. I did choose dare every once in a while, but very rarely. Probably after I’d heard, “You always choose truth. How come you never pick dare? You can’t only pick truth,” a few times.


  7. cj schlottman
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 13:48:03

    Drawing upon one another’s strengths makes for a wonderful relationship – a Yin-Yang of sorts. I applaud your honesty in this piece. It’s not always so easy to lay our feelings out for everyone to see. Kudos!



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