Panic knot


Totally false, only the chosen 

don't feel weak, won't scream, 


stifle urge to flee, excrete.

Does no good to fret, lose sleep,


woven ball of fear inside. 

Gallows ritual, too, useless guide -- 


adjust hood, pull noose tight,

step aside, wave goodbye. 


Have grit -- bend low, pray a curse, 

vomit up the hangman's skirt.

                               Timothy Pilgrim