I Was Terrified

The Jilted Lover, Love Is Messy

I was terrified I would say the wrong thing

So I said nothing at all

I was terrified of scaring you away

So I always kept my distance

I was terrified of losing you

So I never tried to make you mine

Now I know that

It is better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all

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64 responses to “I Was Terrified”

  1. Very nice. I really like this one.

    1. Thanks so much.

  2. Love is a difficult thing to navigate!

    1. I’ll never get the hang of it! 😂

  3. I love ths.

    1. Thank you so much.

  4. I know this pain. It’s much better to try and fail by not trying, resulting in regret.

    1. Yeah I think most things are worth trying even if you end up failing. It’s better than regretting your whole life.

  5. I liked this so much I had to come back and read it again!

    1. Me too…. I read it 2-3 times. 😀

    2. Oh wow, thank you so much!!

  6. Wow!!
    Love the style.
    I wish this was longer, because I really enjoyed it. Great share Pooja. Keep shining

    1. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Great poem, Pooja. It’s indeed better to have tasted the bittersweet flavor of love than to have never experienced it at all. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!

    1. Yes, I definitely think so. Have a nice day too!

  8. Loved it, Pooja.
    Feelings are always complicated.

    1. Thanks so much and yes absolutely.

      1. You’re welcome!

  9. So true…fear is the opposite of love and cannot co-exist….love….love…choose love….there is no love without risk x

    1. Could not agree more!

  10. Loves gifts teach us so much painful as it is.. Love your poem Pooja and Congrats on 24,000 followers and counting.. Wow .. that is seriously amazing! 👏👏👏

    1. Yes, absolutely. Every failure teaches us something!

      Thanks so much!! I’m honestly so honoured! ☺️💖

  11. I love this: it teaches a lesson on doing certain things before it’s too late

    1. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

  12. Deep words. I think I must agree with you on that, albeit reluctantly.

    1. Thank you so much. Unfortunately, relationships can be complicated, That’s why I stirclear of them lol.

      1. Alas, Until they find you.

  13. It’s better to have loved and lost!👌

    1. Yup always!

  14. Great poem..the words are so deep..i really enjoyed it..

    1. Thank you so much, really appreciate the compliment.

      1. Your welcome🙂

  15. The poem just reminds me of how shy and scared I was when making friends. Sometimes, I regret I couldn’t walk up to them and say hi. Thanks🥰

    1. I have the same regrets and unfortunately I can still be shy around people especially new people. My pleasure ☺️

  16. It is not easy to risk oneself, to be vulnerable with or without practice. It’s an act of self love to withhold, be reserved despite fear. Fear in my thoughts, only prolongs what we’ve decided it true, for us. What I think we hate to learn is the pain of rejection. Not knowing how long that might last or what others might think about us, if it happened. We are human and this is normal, more so for empathic people. It’s not something that requires change. Change takes place out of necessity and at its own time and pace. sometimes so subtlety, we’re surprised by it in motion as we boldly step forwardly. Or so I think! 🙂

    1. I definitely agree especially what you said about the pain of rejection. I think that is what often stops us from pursuing certain things.

      1. What if our rejections are really their code of us being too good for them? That’s my new perspective and I also avoid arguing with others. They win and I’m drama free! 😉

        1. Wow, that’s a great way of looking at it. I may steal that and use it myself. It will do wonders for my self-esteem lol!

          1. By all means do so.

            1. Thanks and I absolutely will. I need a new way of thinking about this.

  17. beautifully penned❤️

    1. Thanks so much 💕

  18. Yes, sometimes people from austere family or having narcissistic parents may think that emotional distance and not asking for much is a common thing. It takes a lot of trial and error and reflection to break out one’s upbringing.

    1. That’s just so true. I think people who grow up thT way start normalising emotional distance. It’s much harder for them to open up or express themselves.

  19. I think it happens a lot to many people. When we want to talk about it directly, we’re afraid if it would be hurtful for them. When we want to express our true feeling, we’re afraid of losing someone we love. It’s so dilematic sometimes. Well written poem ❤️👍

    1. I definitely agree. I think sometimes we’re terrified of being honest because of the consequences it may bring.
      Thanks so much 💕

  20. This is really good and I think universally relatable.

    1. Thank you so much.

      1. You’re welcome!

  21. Reading this reminded me the full glance of myself.
    Being terrified have deprived me of many things in life.
    Though it’s still there, but always striving to free myself from that mirror of terrification 😊

    1. I feel the same way. I have lost important things and opportunities because I was too afraid. I’m trying my best to live out of the box now and not be controlled by fear. 😄

      1. Such is life for people like us😊
        But that is the challenges that keep us going.
        But we need to put fear out first.

        1. Yes I definitely agree.

  22. This is nice
    Terrified is a big word

    1. Thanks and yes absolutely

  23. I can relate to the feeling. If you are to scared to make a connection it fills you with regret later on.

    1. Yes, absolutely. That feeling of regret is difficult.

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