“Staticus” Poetry by Jennifer Patino

fear
Photo by Samer Daboul
 
 I know how quickly a lightning bolt
 can strike, can defuse you.
 Like the moment in the middle
 of the highest rope bridge,
 fingers clutching the netting,
 swaying blood in tense veins,
 earthquake rumbling beneath you
 as fearless children rush past.
 Wanting to scream at them,
 [can't they see you're dying?]
 but breath must be savored
 & embarrassment of such a
 display of terror can kill.
  
 Or when keys rattle in a doorknob,
 when faint footsteps seem to
 follow you on the road where the
 streetlights have been shot out.
 When a voice on the end of a
 late night phone call
 tells you to brace yourself.
 Like falling asleep & immediately
 jolting awake because hypnagogic
 visions always entail a cliff where
 you suddenly lose your balance.
  
 There's a figure, bewitching,
 twitching in the corner --
 it's familiar & disturbing,
 & a shower of sparks in your side-eye
 field is a sign that your neural
 impulses, all firing at once,
 are prepped to begin their
 consumption of your total control.
  

Jennifer Patino is an Ojibwe poet living in Las Vegas. She has had work featured in both online and print, including A Cornered Gurl, Half Mystic Press, Font Magazine, and L’Éphémère Review. She shares poetry at www.thistlethoughts.com and on Twitter @thoughtthistles.

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  1. Pingback: My Poem, “Staticus”, featured @ The Chamber Magazine – Thistle Thoughts

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