In the Night (Unmentionables, 13)

Even the bravest know fear in the night.
James Bond shuddered before he went into

the dark ocean, then sank five fathoms down
to swim above the coral with the eels.

Julian of Norwich crafted her prayer
against anxiety, while safely walled

away from the world. In the night,
moth’s wings startle against a cheek

almost asleep; a mosquito buzzes
in the echoing tunnel of an ear;

small scurrying creatures scramble
in the kitchen, sounding almost

like someone scratching at the door.
All will be well. In the dark night,

the rocking chair forgets to creak,
the windows ache so thickly they could crack.

In the stillness, a tickling hair, a drop.
All will be well, all will be well.

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3 responses to “In the Night (Unmentionables, 13)

  1. This is neat (you made me look up Julian of Norwich) – certainly know the feeling of sleeping alone and experiencing fear everything set me on edge

    • I remember having conversations with my dad about Julian of Norwich, but I can’t remember why. I think he liked her, but I always preferred St. Hildegarde von Bingen, who was a lot like Mother Theresa (but more artistic and musical).

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