Swallow
by Marcus Draik

Darkest fear
The thing of night
With rasping tongue, and grave forbidding teeth
Chewing into flesh
Serrating gums, destroying bone:
As faceless, eyeless, prey descends
The agonizing dark

To swallow meat, or falter and become it:
The nature of the world
Fear darkness or assume it,
And by teeth take nourishment
The dire need of life
To swallow
And face no death