The only thing you have to fear is, well,
Many things—I grant you there is cause
For apprehension everywhere we dwell,
And Nature’s beasts are red in teeth and claws;
So, yes, there’s real danger to avoid,
And careful caution is a prudent course
Lest what you love and value be destroyed,
And your improvidence cause you remorse.
But yet almost as bad is paranoid
Delusion that in every bush detects
A bear, takes firefly for asteroid,
And in a whispered comment hears a hex.
The saddest thing you have to fear may be
The consequence of your anxiety.