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It Lurks in Shadows

a sonnet, more-or-less

By Randy BakerPublished 4 months ago β€’ 1 min read
generated by author using DALL-E

Beneath my bed, in shadows deep it lies,

the beast, unseen, breathes whispers of the past.

With its creeping tendrils it comes and tries

to rob my peace of mind, which never lasts.


Clawing at my dreams in the dead of night,

where echoes of my war-torn soul reside.

With each creak and moan, I put up a fight,

but like a parasite it bores inside


The specter cloaks me in its wretched shroud,

sowing poison thoughts that I can’t forget.

It cuts and stabs until I scream aloud.

I choke, I gasp, in a feverish sweat.


To slay this demon is my greatest task.

Each night I pray, and strength is all I ask.



Written for RM Stockton's Writing Challenge

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Randy Baker

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  • Bonnie Bowerman3 months ago

    Loved it! Well done!

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    Very much describes that dreaded beast. Well worded RB. Kind of sounds like mine that I just posted. Great minds.

  • Tommy Ballard4 months ago

    Super powerful, I really enjoyed this one. The final two lines feel almost triumphant as you ask for the strength to slay the monster.

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ That was awesome! And that last line in itself speaks volumes. Nice entry! Thanks for sharing!

  • Test4 months ago

    Very creative!! I enjoyed this set of poems! πŸ’“πŸ’–β€πŸ‘

  • Wow, Randy, that is some powerful imagery and hauntingly beautiful lines. Our past can haunt us with a vengeance. You captured this brilliantly. I have read several Inverse poems lately, and so I was curious how your poem would read in reverse. It works! Incredibly well done!

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