Fear

Fear

I fear the vast dimensions of eternity.
I fear the gap between the platform and the train.
I fear the onset of a murderous campaign.
I fear the palpitations caused by too much tea.

I fear the drawn pistol of a rapparee.
I fear the books will not survive the acid rain.
I fear the ruler and the blackboard and the cane.
I fear the Jabberwock, whatever it might be.

I fear the bad decisions of a referee.
I fear the only recourse is to plead insane.
I fear the implications of a lawyer's fee.

I fear the gremlins that have colonized my brain.
I fear to read the small print of the guarantee.
And what else do I fear? Let me begin again.


from The Twelfth of Never (Gallery Press/Wake Forest University Press, 1986), copyright © Ciaran Carson 1998 used by permission of the author and publishers

Recordings

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1Belfast Confetti

1Campaign

3Slate Street School

4Asylum

5Snow

6Hairline Crack

7Bloody Hand

8The Knee

9Hamlet

10Eesti

11K

12L

13O

14S

15Delta

16Tango

17Tib's Eve

18The Poppy Battle

19Salt of the Earth

20Dark Rosaleen

21Catmint Tea

221798

23Fear

24Belfast

25Home

26The Gladstone Bar, circa 1954

27Trap

28Horse at Balaclava, 1854

29Blink

30War

31Skip

32Fragment

33Harvest

34Siege

35Exile

Books by Ciaran Carson