Phobia

is lightning broth. What should be salt
sears electric. Fear of holes is (&this is
recent) a thing—related fears include caves 
coves, trapdoor-bellies of bombers, wombs.

I’ve a fear of basements &blue tents &butnot
shell casings—a fear of photos (mostly close-
ups of Demi Moore’s pores &also of lotus seed
pods &oaken doors without knobs) &butnot

the odd, exotic spot where a yanked tooth  
was. I fear most a certain type of recurring
shifting aperture it does no good to predict
or avoid. Example: the scalloped glint 

of cloudslits whence I have seen terrifying 
babies fall, riced into a fine sleet.

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