Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: The only thing we have to fear . . .
(posted by hayesspencer)
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. ~ John F. Kennedy
What I would like for us to write about today is fear and how we overcame it, how something frightened us, how something still frightens us. So please, write about something real that actually frightens or frightened you. It can be as simple as the nightmare you had last night or something as complex as phobias – insects, being outside, cats, black cats, dogs, chickens, red cars, the number 13….It can be as simple as walking home in the dark one night and all the night sounds around you. It can be as complex as being afraid someone you love will die.
Total darkness, in a sudden blackout. My head knows
my husband is sitting next to me, that there are flashlights
and candles in our house at all times. My heart freezes,
and sinks into my stomach. I have no control.
If I cannot see at least a shadow, what might happen? Someone
can grab me, perhaps one of those ghosts that do not exist.
They come to life vividly in my imagination the instant lights go out.
Sun hides in darkness
solar eclipse turns day to night
birds squawk, and take flight