Fear Factor

30 Mar

“Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”  ~German Proverb

Fear Factor

In 480 BC, three hundred
Spartans showed no fear
They battled at Thermopylae
With sword and shield and spear

They fought against an army of
A hundred thousand Persians
Possibly two hundred thousand
In some different versions

The question always asked is how
A group that was so small
Could withstand being overmatched
For the two day long brawl

Fear’s the answer, on one side
The lack shown by the Greek
It is quite evident by what
A few Spartans did speak

When Persians warned their arrows would
Cause the sun’s light to fade
Spartan Dienekes said
“Then we’ll fight in the shade”

When Persians ordered Spartans to
Lay down weapons and quit
King of Sparta, Leonidas
Replied with true grit:

“Molon labe!” which translates
To “Come here and take them!”
This brave and boastful dare proved that
From him fear did not stem

When Xerxes, Persian Emperor
Commanded that they kneel
The Spartans did what those with fear
Thought to be quite unreal

When everyone with fear believed
That kneel the Spartans should
They did not say a word, instead
The Spartans simply stood

“How?” the fearful still do ask
Right up until this day
“How could so few stand against
Such odds that did outweigh?”

And they will never understand
Because their fear does muddle
It is their destiny to let
Their fear always befuddle

But for the Warriors who choose
To slash through fear and doubt
They understand quite well how Spartans
Were so strong and stout

They lacked the fear that held those back
On the opposing force
They never let their fear allow
To take them off their course

Some may say that since the Spartans
Were killed to the last
That nothing was achieved and certainly
Nothing amassed

Those are words of cowards who
Believe that their sole duty
In life is to care for themselves
To watch over their booty

An Epitaph rests where those Spartans
Fell beside their King
To cowards and the fearful, the
Words inscribed shame do bring

It says “Here lies the Spartans having
Fulfilled their command”
They knew their duty to their King
Their people and their land

They served their orders with no fear
And completed their task
And now, two thousand five hundred
Years later they do bask

In glory, honor, dignity
For having disagreed
With what Emperor Xerxes had
Demanded and decreed

When someone tells you something that
Does not sit well with you
Will fear cause you to go along
And alter your own view?

Or will you take a stand and say
Squarely to your detractor:
“I disagree” and show them that
For you, fear’s not a factor?



23 Responses to “Fear Factor”

  1. Soma Mukherjee March 30, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Another lovely inspiring pice Miro..and very well said..more often than not people just assume that they cannot do a certain thing,and this has to do with the fact that people are fed a huge amount of cannots when growing up..its all in mind
    and so many times when they take that step and later say oh that was easy..

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 12:22 am #

      Thank you kindly, Soma. So true, we’re peppered with fear and doubt every step of the way. The bravest of us accept the circumstances and “fight in the shade” (deal with it).
      Thanks for reading,

  2. ansuyo March 30, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Great post. I watched a documentary about this recently. Amazing.

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks. Yes, it was an incredible story, and there are few like it which shows how rarely people have overcome their fear.

  3. sojourner March 30, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    One thing I love about these 300 fearless warriors is that they show complete trust to their comrades. They don’t fear that their comrade might fail them.

    A team who can show that kind of fearlessness is really difficult to defeat.

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Yes, great point. The phalanx works because each man trusts the one next to him with his life. No selfishness, just service to others.

  4. ErzulieRedEyesArtandSpirit March 30, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Really nice poem! I like the proverb warrior!

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Glad to hear it. 🙂

  5. aussieian2011 March 30, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Well written as is your usual presentation

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks Ian, much appreciated.

  6. Cat Forsley March 30, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    FOR SURE ——–
    CAT 🙂

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks Cat. So much can be learned by firing up the Flux Capacitor every now and then. 🙂

      • Cat Forsley March 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm #


      • Cat Forsley March 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        AND HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND —— !!!!!!!!!!!!
        THANK YOU
        CAT XO

  7. Deb March 30, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    This is so well written, Miro! Excellent work.

    • Miro March 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks Deb!

  8. granbee March 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Miro, your fine example is one of the things that has spurred me on to take a pubic stand against Rush Limbaugh’s hate talk, against slander of the President’s mother, against prejudicial opinions in the Trayvon Martin case, and has helped me to publicly join the CryOne prayer movement to strengthen the spiritual life of American churches. Just today, I was most blessed to see my son taking a most thoughtful, calm, serene stand against those on Facebook who were mindlessly defending anything and everything about the law enforcement in that town in Florida where Zimmerman and the Martins live. You have been a very strengthening force in my life these past months, Miro. I thank you so very much. And I am so grateful to you for introducing me to your friend there in Toronto, Cat Stevens.

  9. Christy Birmingham March 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Immediately I thought of the reality show Fear Factor when I saw the name of your post. Fear can be daunting and hold so many people back. I will remember your warrior spirit and poem the next time that fear seems to be a factor for me.

  10. dontchawannadream March 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    I LOOOVE this poem, Miro!!
    While reading, I had David’s painting in mind (“Léonidas aux Thermopyles”/”Leonidas at Thermopylae”)… and also Leonidas, the Belgian chocolate brand! lol Just kidding.
    I’m very passionate about the ancient world, its literature and history, so thanks for sharing.

  11. willofheart April 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I strongly agree on this piece Miro, very powerful, very encouraging…

  12. lscotthoughts April 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    A most inspiring and educational poem, Miro! Fear holds “us” back more often than not, so thank you so much for your awesome wisdom, as always! 🙂

  13. Sue Dreamwalker April 8, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Wonderful Miro, loved this… and I would hope that I would stand and say ” I disagree Fear is not for Me”.. 🙂 ~Sue

  14. zendictive April 8, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    one of my favorite stories in history…
    to die in battle was sought and thought as a glorious death.

    Thermopylae …300 against 100,000 (the numbers vary according to where you read
    as with the Alamo 187 against 5000
    General Custer 50 against 2,500

    where I work there is (on a good day) 75 security personnel to maintain 3000 prisoners and I often work the dining hall where there are 300 and two officers, when things get out of hand, I have seen a wall of white (inmate uniforms) but the bottom line for me is, I am there to ensure that right prevails, I would rather die doing the right thing than live knowing I retreated as a coward. I have sen such events as your poem suggests, the brave are few, but they exist.

    happy easter to you and yours, my fellow warrior (~_~)

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