BREATHING CHEMICAL FEAR
The darkness encased her as she stepped from her front door,
The deserving pride smothered by an unnatural fear.
The air grew thick with each step,
Clogging her lungs and hardening her heart.
The chemically induced fear seeped into her,
Oozing from the towers and isolating spotlights.
The city made her feel small,
Shrinking her in contrast to her vulnerability.
The following darkness attempted to sway her,
Confusing her as she climbed.
Still she persisted,
Ditching her shell to make for an easier ascent.
Her final steps were rewarded,
As beneath her lay her city.
The lights pulsing like white blood through the thin veins
That wedged between the towers.
Breathing in her fear,
She emptied it out over the city.
The city breathing back a gush of cool breeze,
Fresh and clean of chemical fear.
- Claire L. Smith -