Always in darkness, I’ve been
wary of peculiar shadows and
mysterious sounds never seen
nor heard in the light of day.
“Expanding and contracting –
nothing to worry about,” he’d say
when I was fearful in the night.
It was easy, then, to curl up and
go to sleep, feeling safe beside him.
Alone in darkness now, ghostly
silhouettes mock my inability to
fall asleep and persistent clatter
taunts me for my incapacity to
feel secure without him.
I dare not close my eyes for fear
that what I let pass may be more
daunting than that which I confront.
I wait for dawn to swallow up the
darkness before I sleep.
Tho’ he’ll soon be beside me again
and I will slumber serenely, ignoring
fearful shadows and derisive noises,
my utmost dread is that, one day, I'll
find myself alone in darkness again!
©2015 Peggy Toney Horton~