Something Tells You to Be Afraid
Something tells you to be afraid
(Whoever you are) above the railing,
The shell swirls down from the almond, death
From the fear of death, the fear of ailing,
There is an afterglow of lightning, the lightning
Showed a ring of mountains, it showed
A sinking gorge, the black burned white,
And all of that upon a greater road.
You are afraid, “How awesome is
This place!” that fear itself discovers
Love, the curling ocean roars
At two a.m. and it recovers
A salty breeze that drifts into
Your home, a sound and rhythm that seep
Deep under the street, that cradle
You and wake you from your sleep.
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Yaacov David Shulman