The prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today is to write using antithesis. Bjorn asks us to use contrasting terms to encompass the real truth of the matter as we live in a world both black and white at the same time. As the topic of fear and courage have been much on my mind lately, I immediately thought of the antithesis of feeling fear while having faith. This is how we can be courageous.


The giants tower above me
menacing and cruel
I tremble in faith
Stand resolutely with fear

The waves crash down upon me
mighty and powerful
I  shudder in faith
Rise unflinchingly with fear

The enemy surrounds me
threatening and heartless
I cringe in faith
Prevail triumphantly with fear

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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19 Responses to Courageous

  1. lynn__ says:

    The contrast makes your poem (and courage) more powerful!

  2. I do like your faith lines. I’ve found them to be true in my life.

  3. DELL CLOVER says:

    This is perfect.

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Well done. I love the gentle verbs that come with each “faith” line. Faith is power enough, indeed.

  5. el34ax7 says:

    It’s like the mantra of the expat: everything around you can be giant, daunting, and strange, but with each day, from the store to the post office, facing that fear and doing the mundane is its own little triumph.

  6. One of the most courageous ways of life is
    to survive in fear.. and lord knows these days
    anxiety is a common way.. ah one day the
    fear is gone.. and the blessings of peace
    are remembered in fear before..:)

  7. Gabriella says:

    I came across a quote the other day about courage and fear and your poem reminded me of it. ‘Courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of fear.’ Faith can help us in just that.

  8. C.C. says:

    To “rise unflinchingly with fear” is definitely a contrast….seems almost like a contradiction, but then I suppose that is what courage is….being able to act contrary to our fear 🙂

  9. Fear is such an impediment to faith–and you’ve expressed it so well.

  10. Misky says:

    Like the play within the third line of each stanza. Well done.

  11. wolfsrosebud says:

    strength and weakness… maybe in our weakness we are strong

  12. I find this so much more engaging when you contrast the fear with faith.. the shudder in faith is a very strong image.. I’m glad to have given you the tool… 🙂

    • Thanks. I’m finding as I work through the issue of fear, and my desire to be fearless, that the reality is closer to a courage forged in fear, moving forward in spite of fear. I like that this prompt helped me encompass those thoughts into a poem. 🙂

  13. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Really like the contrast of trembling/shuddering/cringing in faith just as you also stand/rise/prevail with fear; lovely juxtapositions.

  14. You pose an interesting dichotomy, beautifully argued.

  15. Mary says:

    I really enjoyed your approach to antithesis, Linda. My favorite phrase is ‘stand resolutely with fear,’ which I think is an excellent example of antithesis.

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