pet·ri·fy

ˈpetrəˌfī/
verb
past tense: petrified; past participle: petrified
  1. 1.
    make (someone) so frightened that they are unable to move or think.
    “his icy controlled quietness petrified her”
    synonyms: terrified, terror-stricken, horrified, scared/frightened out of one’s wits, scared/frightened to death More

pet·ri·fied

ˈpetrəˌfīd/

adjective

adjective: petrified

  1.  

    so frightened that one is unable to move; terrified.

    “the petrified child clung to her mother”

    2.  This is the word that passes through my being

            As I close in on the message, that is me

I thought it was anger or some such thing

It is not

I stand still, skilled at survival

I stare stoically, into space

Unable to move by myself  to the exit

To get out

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