Gone are the days when I’d
search for my courage
between heartbeats
or blindly along
the dry walls of my mouth
..sometimes pretending I’d found it
These days, I clutch it
even more tightly
even as thunder gathers in the throat
of a threatening storm
and the lion fixes his gaze on me
I await the winds that seek
to destroy me
for they are precisely the power I need
…..beneath my wings

© Vivian Zems

Poets and Storytellers United