POETRY

Dread

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What is the color of dread?
          Whiter than eye-white, searing white.

What is the odor of dread?
          Sewer gas, a whiff only, quite slight.

What is the sound of dread?
          Sore lungs wheezing.

What is the texture of dread?
          Heart meat, raw, freezing.

What is the locus of dread?
          The tangled human brain.

What is the focus of dread?
          Humdrum human pain.

What is the tactic of dread?
          Dread permeates time.

Child, have you tasted dread?
          On my tongue I have tasted the chyme.


Kate’s full-length collection of poems, Here from Away, published in 2003. A second volume, In Company, published in late 2011.

Her poetry has been appearing in literary magazines and anthologies since 1980.

Kate has served as a moderator at Eratosphere, the on-line poetry forum. A native New Yorker, she lives with her husband John Leahy in Riverdale, New York.

What is the tactic of dread?
          Dread permeates time.

Child, have you tasted dread?
          On my tongue I have tasted the chyme.