A Poem About Pursuing The Scary Things We “Want”

Alexi Pappas talks about the real scary things in life—the things we "want."

Photo: Zach Hetrick
Photo: Zach Hetrick

Scary Things

The thing about scary things

like spiders

is that they do not scare me

nearly as much

as the things I want the most.


The want things creep and stay

live in my mind—

a much harder place to reach and find

cannot be killed

will grow instead

unlike the spider in my bed

the scary want inside my head

is not afraid

and will not flee

rather than boo

says come and get me.