Unseen predator looms from the shadows,
as I fumble with the door latch, frantic with fear–
hidden apparition approaching ever near.
Now in a panic, the door still will not lock,
as I anxiously open and close it, praying it will.
Over and over, through many long years,
this nightmare assaults me–
awakening me in tears.
Based on a long ago incident
it comes to me unbidden,
reminding me repeatedly
when a late-night stalker prowled
and crept around outside.
Finally he was stopped
and brought down to his knees
but the fear still seems to pursue me
through my mind it’s still enshrined.