Ruth Walters

(London, U.K.)

Fear


What do you know - about fear?
Have you ever been awake for days,
unable to close even one eye?
Have you carried a mirror
just to see who's behind you?
Does your body quake
with every noise at night?
Do you have night sweats,
shivers, tight knots in your stomach?
What do you know about fear?

After a while you have to relent,
leave it alone, let it rest,
you fall asleep in its arms,
let it take you on a roller coaster ride
and just when you've finally relaxed,
let it roll over you, too tired to fight
it creeps up again, makes you its prisoner,
returns you to hell and swallows you up
while you scream with no voice.
What do you know about fear?

Submitted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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