consume (v).

I do not want to be
a creature of fear

I do not want to
go to the river
and,
water whispering
at my ankles,
climb back up
onto the rocks
because the current
sounds like it could
swallow me.

I do not want to be
a creature of fear.
I do not want to be
a woman made of
apologies and
shrinking or
mastering the art
of cowering.

And also I am afraid
that this is who
I could be becoming.