The Book of Fears



The Book of Fears


In the beginning

beasts fierce and mysterious

roved woods dark and deep,

fires reflected from

eyes of apes crouched in caves

awaiting some dawn.


The Book of Fears

reads like apes dawning

to conquer the dark,

 the woods and the beasts,

the land and the seas,

the heavens above.


Whole worlds have flooded,

scorched earth has risen,

woods and beasts survived;

the land and the seas,

the heavens and all below

survived the ravaging apes.


Peering from their caves

high in artificial cliffs,

apes watch in fear the dark

born of ancient nightmares,

 the ashen phoenix rising,

a burning new beginning.



Bob MacKenzie

Bob MacKenzie's poetry has appeared in more than 400 journals across North America and as far away as Australia, Greece, India and Italy. He has published sixteen volumes of poetry and prose-fiction and his work's appeared in numerous anthologies. Bob has received numerous local and international awards for his writing as well as an Ontario Arts Council grant for literature, a Canada Council Grant for performance, and a Fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Georgia. With the ensemble Poem de Terre, for eighteen years Bob's poetry has been spoken and sung live with original music and the group has released six albums.

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