Where the shadows live

Where the terrors of imagination

Stalk me

Till I sink under

The nightmare of dreaming


The dark specter haunts me

my daydreams taunt me

I seal the past

Hidden at last

In the dark places

That I never forget


I have faced my fear

and my fear came up short

It won’t engage me

Or give me credit for winning

It merely slinks out

Like it was never an issue


I have surrendered all

I have given in

But no relief comes

No quiet I gain

Just a prison of submission