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a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction
I must be broken because I've pulled myself in two,
Doubt casts it's shadow over me, past mistakes are shining through.

This confidence they talk of is like a hero’s mask, some times we have to wear it through the
hardest of life's tasks.

Doubt is something that can really grip us all. It pretends to keep us safe, as it starts to build
a wall.

A wall we believe we can never climb over, stay here its safer, save the exposure.

But it is this exposure that causes extraordinary growth, it slowly rids us of the doubts and the
feelings of 'i won't'.

Try not to doubt, try to conceive, you were made with a gift to both give and achieve.

This doubt that I talk of can sometimes enslave,
It leaves behind regrets that we will take to our graves.

Regrets of things we were to scared to try, we thought we couldn’t do it, we stood and asked

So when the cloud comes and takes a hold of yourself. Remember your worth, your internal

Just tell yourself, and say it out loud.I do not doubt myself, I can turn this around.

Repeat yourself, this every day.
I am proud myself and ill find my own way.

A. Owen

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This poem was written to battle the self doubt that borderline personality disorder brings. But is relevant to all people at times of doubt.
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The poem "Doubt" effectively captures the grip that doubt can have on us, and the regret that can come from succumbing to it. The language used is simple and accessible, which adds to the universal appeal of the theme. The use of examples like a hero's mask and a wall build a relatable image of how doubt can mask our true selves and hold us back.

One suggested line edit: In the line "I am proud myself and ill find my own way," "proud myself" should be "proud of myself" for grammatical accuracy.

Overall, "Doubt" is a well-crafted poem that encourages readers to overcome their doubts and believe in themselves. The message is clear and inspiring, making it a good read for anyone who needs a reminder to trust in their abilities.

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Thank you, that was a great and well rounded view. Thank you again.

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Hope you enjoy my first submission.

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Like you said, I think this poem is incredibly relatable and anyone will understand it at one point or another in their life.

"It pretends to keep us safe, as it starts to build a wall" is absolutely spot on. I have some suggestions for revisions, please let me know if you'd like me to point them out.

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Very good first submission. Take Kelsey up on revisions, Geezer is usually great too if he comes along. I’d like to see the line breaks fixed to make it look a bit more like the structured poem it it is but I did read through it without issue. Good rhythm and rhyme. Relatable theme.

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