damn leo

damn leo

at bedtime as a child i kept my hands under the pillow
not because i was cold or uncomfortable
but scared to death
there was a lion under my bed
waiting for my hands to become exposed
so it could eat them
gnaw my skin off like barbequed chicken
leaving fingers resembling unraveled wire coat hangers
making it impossible to touch anything and feel it
ever again
i am still afraid of the lion
now he is in my bed purring
holding my hands gently within his
when we touch i feel everything possible
and that anything is possible
still I am scared to death
© michele mitchell, 2013
Prompt Our Years of Fear posted 10.29.13

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