My Fear is a Snake

My Fear is a Snake

by Regina Jade

My fear does not send me flying on racing feet.

My fear does not ready me for battle with iron fists. 

When a stranger approaches from behind

In the darkness of a deserted parking lot

My fear is a snake

That winds itself about my spine 

Coils around my neck like a lover

And sinks its paralyzing fangs deep inside

Until 

I

Can’t 

Move.


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