Insecurity Blanket

More scared of being scared than scared,

she cowers under the covers.

Barely breathing and keeping quiet

she hears only her heartbeat.

In darkness, under cover,

she sees nothing.

then, comes the smell

of tepid breath,

then, comes the beat

not in sync with her heart,

then, in deep distress,

yellow eyes glow

then, the mouth full of canines

snap in her direction.

then, the blanket is thrown off

when she calls, “Mommy,”

then, no one answers,
as, the blanket muffles…

Needy Man

Four minutes seep by,
so he freaks out,
as his call goes unreturned,

every sixty seconds.

His confidence hissed out of him,
like steam from a punctured pipe,

about the time he lost his job.

He absorbed attention,
like parched grass gulps rain,

about the time arthritis gripped him.

Suspicions whirl,
anxieties engulf,
as he discovers,
no one needs a needy guy.