fire “You’re not squeamish, are you, Brigit?” When you stop at twenty-three Both of us are frowning, but it looks more natural on me. Agoraphobia….. Someone knocks at the door… my heart races, my stomach knots, I feel nauseous and am starting to have trouble breathing. My mother an… Staring at the Sun When I was a child I’d lay on the grass for hours watching the clouds chase each other across the sky and stare at the sun for as long as I… AGORAPHOBIA She sits beside the window / Imprisoned by her fear Agoraphobia she clicks her tongue as she thinks / she taps her fingers / and shakes her feet / nerves nibble at her insides / until she cant take anymo… Fear FEAR / Why did you come? / To teach? / To torment? / You held me prisoner / Without a trial / Without a judge / In my own home. / You… Dragonflies My shoes on the bus become dragonflies. / The gray floor, the surface of a lake, / blurs under bellies as they fly alternating patterns: /… Agoraphobia I walked alone today. / No dog, no man, no friend, / just me. / Where am I? / Who am I? / No edges, / keep to the hedges. / Don’t sta… Staring at the Sun When I was a child I’d lay on the grass for hours watching the clouds chase each other across the sky and stare at the sun for as long as I… Agoraphobia Imagine being in prison…; no, PHOBIA Claustrophobia is their fear, / To all the others it’s a different thing, / Agoraphobia is their sting, Agoraphobia I couldn’t see past the first bubble or any of the many past it / I couldn’t see straight into your face because I was trapped behind the m… The Hermit’s Lament once again the blood is spilt. / In my mind it plays again, again, again….