"Fear" - Sharon D. McCoy





"Fear" - Sharon D. McCoy


Caging the beast
Pretending ribs can hold it
As it worries flesh from cast-off bones
Sucking marrow – resentful, watchful, claws tense, red and
White grin sharpened for the inevitable moment, its jailer’s careless inattention

Better to face it wild and free, to study
its shape, its slinking muscular predatory moves,
catching its gaze, holding its eyes only long enough to
say, “This far, no farther.”  Releasing it, remaining peripherally
aware as it seeks easier prey, its gnawing hunger a distant howling tremolo.

Illustration: "Cityscape" by Jeremy Mann. His work is also available here.

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