Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"afraid of nothing" by John Reinhart

afraid of nothing
John Reinhart

afraid of
nothing
    she says

which,
I wonder,
means
the nothing
at the bottom
of the pond
or in her
dreams
when
she wakes up
at night
    or
around the corner
or
    maybe
wrapped
in Papa’s
arms

she really is
afraid
    of nothing

Poet's Notes:  My youngest daughter occasionally wakes up to inform me that she's scared. She's not usually clear about what she's scared, just scared. That seems reasonable. I'm often frightened of things without a real discernable, articulate-able point (not reasonable to say everything)--nothing is as good an answer as any. So how does one comfort a four-and-a-half-year-old who is afraid of nothing? 

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