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

Nerves buzz as the ice inside thickens
His eyes gleam as I tremble,
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.

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

He stops smiling.
I smile back.


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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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