He watches like a shadow



Glued to my bedframe

I’m afraid to look at


He peers peerlessly

Buoying like a sinking ship

Up and down, down and up


Daring me to dare

Taunting me to taunt

Forcing me to force


Myself to crawl into bed

An anchor in the mind field

From monsters in the black canvas


He offers safety with a smile

Stability in the ruins

Amnesty against the void


I choose to bleed instead

And make the words come out

Even when I have nothing left to give.



-JC