It gnarls its jagged teeth towards me
"Dare you step this way?!"
The booming rasp of the voice nearly struck me down
Shivers crawled up my skin
It's just a decision.
Just a lifelong decision that matters, so much
The beast expands its chest, prepared to bite my head off
The pressure in my head grows in exponentials
Heart beating at a rate inwhichitneverstopsandsoundslikeone big. thump.
Then a tiny figure toddles forward, taps me on the shoulder, and reminds me
"Life goes on"
I close my eyes, the beast's breath close enough,
The heat of it in my cheeks, the stomach sunk
I close my eyes, and think of the decisions of yesterday, yesterweek, yesteryear
This is just one more
I open my eyes, and the beast is but a small pup
A smile finds its way onto my face, and I walk forward.
Beasts are conquered every day.