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HLZ

Senior Member
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The shadow circles around me
Stopping in front
He pauses to watch me, smiling

Inside
Nerves buzz as the ice inside thickens
Outside
His eyes gleam as I tremble,
Beside
Myself huddled against a wall

A shroud covers me, so I cannot see him. He laughs even more.

He delights in my anguish, taunting all the while.
But-

Inside
The buzz is adrenaline, cold giving away to clarity
Outside
Trembling stills into determined vigor,
Beside
The wall is discarded cloth as I rise to face the future

He stops smiling.
I smile back.
 

jenthepen

Staff member
Mentor
I like the feeling of gathering courage and confidence that comes through in this poem. I especially like the ending, which sums up the change of attitude but in a subtle, understated way that adds power to the message.
 
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