Fear

When nightmares gallop over frozen thought,
a pounding heartbeat drones in false alarm
to paralyse a creature, spotlight-caught.

The terror stuns. Undone and overwrought,
unhinging tremors shudder through each palm
when nightmares gallop over frozen thought.

A brooding, storm-like force that’s tension fraught
soon kidnaps all volition, mocking calm,
to paralyse a creature, spotlight-caught.

In panic, petrifying shame is brought
to bear on self belief. Dread authors harm
when nightmares gallop over frozen thought.

Disabled, I’m devoid of courage sought
in prayers; all fight or flight. There is no balm
when nightmares gallop over frozen thought
to paralyse a creature, spotlight-caught.