A Poem by Bryan Sefton

Unreasonable fear becomes a jail.

Once there was the raging dawn
And the happy day that echoed on
Trembled like melodious bells
Through the living day the laughter swelled
Now the day is dead, the laughter hollow
And lions follow.

The forked lightening rent the sky
And added to the zest of life
The thunder clap that crushed the quiet
And following deluge added spice
Now mere rumblings from the shadow
Mean lions follow.

This timid heart that beats with stammer
Once gave out like a blacksmiths hammer
And the challenge sent with Wagnerian might
Now scarce disturbs the quiet of night
For fear of hearing in a distant bellow
Lions follow.

Hiding like some timid mouse
Within the confines of the house
Waiting for, who knows what?
Attack from whome? What hidden plot?
Feared to move and scared to swallow
That Lions follow.

© 2022 Bryan Sefton

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A good compilation of many elements of nature, I really like the last lines of this poem. Good rhyming is also a positive side of this poem. Thanks for sharing it. Enjoyed it. Best Wishes. Nima

Posted 3 Months Ago

Bryan Sefton

3 Months Ago

Thank you Nima, very nice, very positive, very welcome.
Dear Bryan, your poem reminded me of the fears and nightmares of childhood. But then again it also spoke to me of current times. There are lions everywhere waiting fot the opportunity to pounce on their prey. Very nicely penned and had an emotional impact too. All the best.


Posted 3 Months Ago

Bryan Sefton

3 Months Ago

Thanks Chris. Your comments are always warm and welcome.

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Added on August 23, 2022
Last Updated on August 23, 2022


Bryan Sefton
Bryan Sefton

Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom



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