Everyone has it in some form or shape–
“We live in trembling dread
Of men and foxes, wolves and bears –
We would be better dead!”
Walking unarmed across a wooded waste,
Two travelers heard a bear.
One scrambled up a tree with frenzied haste;
The other could but stare,
Too old and plump to climb; then, with no sound,
Lay flat against a boulder, face to ground.