Tag: fear

Step Away from the Ledge

What are you doing way up there? Are you trying to branch out? Expand your horizons? Or deaden them? How many ladders do you need? Are two not enough? Really, you don’t need ladders. Get down off that ledge. It won’t solve anything and,…

Fearful trickles of a memory

Thank God for women like them. Unlike her own mother, the Disastrous woman she had lived with for seventeen years, Miss Fannie and Miss Reba were the mothers she always longed for, And then there was her father, the man who walked out and…

Afraid of differences

  I was four when I learned of my deformity. Before that, my left hand, different from my right, was still mine. It was part of me until, later, it defined me. Mom had taken me to the playground. A Sunny day, the air…

Fear and hope

Infused with fear, but behind a safe door, He gets a Reprieve from the mass’s roar, And hopes for a better tomorrow.    

Fear

Miss Primrose rings the dismissal bell but catches me on my way out. “Emmy June? Your mother’s been gone how long now?” “Almost three weeks.” “Well, I was wondering if Theo, you and your daddy, would like me to come over. I’ll cook for…

The Lone Wolf Trembles

Carla falls into my arms. Her pale face is scratched up and whiter than usual. Her dress is ripped at the bottom. When I hold her, she feels like a stranger. Remembering how Daddy helped me the night I ran home from Frank’s house,…

When Scooter’s enthusiasm waned

Emma June has known Scooter her whole eleven years. She remembers when he was scared of the dark. Now, the day is closing and Scooter is missing. Scoot had been excited about the campout all day, so I didn’t tell him I was spooked….

It’s your soul, no one else’s

  Joan of Arc, Martyr

Staring at Fear

Madam Fannie Porter stares at fear. (From The Last Bordello)   I reminded my fingers to turn the knob slowly, quietly. I crept through the kitchen’s side door and held my breath. A voice in the parlor. Not one of my girls. I tiptoed…