fear

   

All images and words property of JLH 2002.

"for that which clinches
the heart
clinches
the feet
plowing over senses and rationality
the quick
thick
thumping, pumping
a roar that deafens
ears
and makes impotence of
bravery

run!
it licks at your heels
thrills
at your smell
it is sweet, tangy like iron
and hot now, near
your step, nearer
your nape
it is nothing of your world
it is nothing
you know
and yet it knows you
clearer, more precise than a
mother's weeping breast

no hand of yours
nor mine
can slow its approach
and
in
its
grasp
you find no
comfort save
the biting of
your lip"