stood in the middle of the road —
stood still, as if frozen.
I hesitated for a moment
and then drew closer.
it darted into the woods
as if scared to death by my approach.
how often it ran from perceived danger.
It likely spends its whole life being alert —
being tuned in to its fearsome world.
Being constantly aware of danger
is a way of life
for so many of God’s creatures.
And there are places in the world
where humans also live
each day in constant fear.