Poem Quicksand Phobia

 Photo taken by Andy N – Me performing poetry
Preston, England
April 1, 2017 5:09am CST
Quicksand Phobia My fear of quicksand started with Ice Cold In Alex. The old John Mills film about A World War Two ambulance on a bold Behind enemy lines mission right out In the desert when Anthony Quinn falls In the mire sinking, unable to cry out Because of making radio calls To the enemy he serves as a spy. Now even walking on a muddy croft Gives me hot sweats and heart palpitations. Thinking that solid concrete will go soft Is enough to fuel my reservations And I’m never going to Morecambe Town; There’s real quicksand there in which to drown. When Tarzan’s friend Jane fell in quicksand I’d make some lame excuse and disappear But now I try to understand In an effort to face up to my fear. I’ve even looked up quicksand on the net, To see what advice they offer in case I ever have the misfortune to really get Stuck in a swamp in some God-awful place Only to find my phobia is a fetish For those who like deep mud as somewhere to play And make love while they sink making me wish I was turned on by quagmires rather than having to turn away. Nowadays I cope with quicksand films sure enough, But there is no way I’m going out looking for the stuff. Arthur Chappell
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@josie_ (7409)
• Philippines
1 Apr 17
I once got suck into quicksand. It was a nightmare.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@josie_ wow, sounds terrifying
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@josie_ (7409)
• Philippines
1 Apr 17
@arthurchappell _I manage to wake up.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
4 Apr 17
Interesting, imaginative poem. I don't know if it is a type of quicksand or just a very soft bottomed lake. Once while getting out of my kayak I stepped into the water and began to sink. I sunk up to my thighs and I thought it was the end of me. I was panicking. Somehow I worked myself out of there. One leg wasnt' quite as far in. I was holding my kayak. I am very careful now!
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• Preston, England
4 Apr 17
@paigea wow, that was quite a near miss
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
5 Apr 17
@arthurchappell It felt like it. But maybe I would have just stopped sinking soon. Maybe I had stopped sinking and that is why I was able to get out. I never want a repeat experience that is for sure.
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• Preston, England
5 Apr 17
@paigea not surprised - sounds horrible
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Apr 17
it is rather scary, as are sink holes, and this was amusing and well written!
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt saw a documentary on sink holes - they are really frightening
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Apr 17
@arthurchappell me too, and they really are
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
1 Apr 17
Excellent poem as always Arthur. I used to be nervous of the sand at Morecambe and Southport. My dad had to dig his car out on Southport beach. The quicksand was much further out.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@Gillygirl seen the sands at Morecambe - some stretches actually bubble - one flat depression that was clearly just deep mud was bizarrely marked as a bridle path
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
1 Apr 17
@arthurchappell Yes we used to visit Morecambe a lot. Those sands are treacherous.
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@stbrians (15853)
• Kakamega, Kenya
1 Apr 17
It is well known where quicksand is. Solid concrete will rarely go soft
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@stbrians in earthquakes even solid ground can go through liquification and turn to quicksand
@Kandae11 (40289)
1 Apr 17
The thought of quicksand always scared me. Great poem.
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@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
1 Apr 17
You would not catch me there either or playing in deep wet sand.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Apr 17
Nice! Although I can't help but remember the quicksand scene from Blazing Saddles now.