Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy, chosen by Vashti Q. Vega for Colleen’s poetry challenge

The fear
In silence
Slowly growing
Born of ancient roots
With infinite patience
Awaiting its chance to feed
Accepting any form offered
The predator stalks its prey unseen
Dragging unwary minds into blackness
No escape from its terrible assault
Eyes must open to the glint of light
Glimmering beyond the shadows
Stars mark the path of release
Points of hope at midnight
Showing the way home
Beyond ourselves

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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18 Responses to Freedom…

  1. The predator stalks its prey unseen
    Dragging unwary minds into blackness
    No escape from its terrible assault

    Three brilliant lines tell a long and terrible story. It’s hard not to feel like prey these days.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      It does feel that way at the moment… and yet, I can’t help thinking that one of the things that puts me in a panic faster than anything else is a tiny and harmless creature. Wet worms are not predators… but the phobic ‘fear’ they engender makes tem worse than a crocodile to me 😉


  2. memadtwo says:

    Our fears can trap us. Releasing them is a difficult task. (K)


  3. Stunning word choices, Sue. I love what the photo brought out in meaning. ❤


  4. Vashti Q says:

    A fabulous double Etheree, Sue! You certainly brought out the mood of the photo. 😀 xo


  5. dgkaye says:

    Great depiction of the image Sue and the tone. And lovely double reverse Etheree ❤


  6. judeitakali says:

    This is beautifully written. And those eyes really do glow in the dark.


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