An Invisible Monster

In the midst of the night
My bedroom light is on.
Would have sworn I’d turned it off,
But perhaps I was wrong.
I shake beneath my covers,
My eyes flicking from
The shadows in each corner
As though they might come
Alive, to get me.
No, it’s not possible,
My mind reassures me,
Until, comes upon the table,
A steady three knocks
As though from a fist.
I am alone in this room,
So what causes this?
Now, from the walls,
It pounds in my ears.
Knock! Knock, knock!
How I wish there was, here,
Another to confirm
That these things I feel
Are not some mental illness;
They are actually real.
I need someone here
To cradle me and say,
“I feel it too;
You’re not insane.”
Now, a sudden weight falls
Heavy, upon my legs.
I can feel it crawl
‘Cross the surface of my bed.
It lays on my chest
And I cannot move.
I could not get up,
Should I even want to.
Somehow I still feel
The illusion of safety
In hiding beneath my covers
Despite my, now, facing
The invisible monster
Who strikes in the dark,
His alcoholic breath
Enough to stop my heart.
I pull the covers closer,
Leaving no room for air,
Hoping the intoxicants
Can’t get to me in here.
I have sudden fear
That it has crawled under
The covers, to join me.
I begin to wonder
If I can ever escape
A monster I can’t see.
A scream begins to build
Deep, inside of me.
But no sound emerges
When I open my mouth.
I’m trying to get help, but,
If I can’t scream, how?
I grab the pocketknife
From my bedside table,
Struggling to keep
My shaking hand stable.
I wait for the monster
To make it’s next move.
As soon as it does,
I shall strike it through.
But the monster does something
I did not expect:
It seeps into my bloodstream,
Intending to infect
My thoughts and my actions.
It must come out!
I make my next move
Without a shred of doubt.
Blood creeps from my skin;
I swear I can see
The monster, with it,
Crawling out of me.
At last, relief.
The monster is gone.
I try not to think,
But for how long?


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