08 March 2008

Writer's Island 03/07/08 "Rising"





Acrophobia
by Constance


I am afraid
of heights.
The top
of a rollercoaster.
Observation
platforms.
Winding mountain
roads.
Airplanes,
both taking off
and landing.
The price
of gas in summer.
The numbers
of war dead
in Iraq.

16 comments:

Selma said...

Oh yeah, I hear you. Nothing is higher than the toll of lives lost in war. And that toll continues to rise. Poignant piece.

anthonynorth said...

As ex-forces, and with a son active in these areas, your last line hits home.
It's nice to know people care.

Constance said...

Selma- Thanks.

Constance said...

anthony- I'm 'ex' myself, and have many friends there.

gautami tripathy said...

Hard hitting, Constance!

get going

tumblewords said...

Argggh. What a powerful piece! So finely tuned. I hope you're considering sending it for publication!

LittleWing said...

the weight of heights is frightening..

Constance said...

gautami - Thanks!

Constance said...

Tumblewords, it's been out, made the rounds, nobody wanted it. So here it is. Didn't want it to become an orphan. :)

Constance said...

littlewing - indeed. Which is why its hard to think about.

Carla said...

This pulls no punches.

Meghan said...

I like how you start with the usual list of things that most people are acrophobic about and then end with the things that should scare us all. Very impressive.

Constance said...

Carla - Sometimes less is more. :)

Constance said...

meghan - thanks, that was my intent. although heights often rank right up there too...

Gilson said...

Clear message, nice poem!

Constance said...

Gilson - Thanks!