It brings me down.
A love like yours
will bleed me dry.
PREY FOR THE DEAD
AN UNWELCOME SURPRISE
Lights sparkle like stars on the walls.
Spots of color guide my journey.
Past closed doors, I walk,
my head lowered, my steps slow.
I feel my way along the walls,
the lights warm beneath my fingertips.
A cold wind hits the back of my neck.
I turn to the dark corridor before me.
Dark shadows twist into shapes,
and an arm beckons to me.
Heart pounding in a tempo
matching my chattering teeth,
I stand frozen against the wall.
A knob hits me in the back.
My arm reaches behind, and I twist the knob.
I step back into the room.
The door shuts in my face.
I turn around.
Water flows beneath my feet.
An azure sky surrounds me.
I walk forward.
The scene fades to black.
A brisk cold wind replaces the warmth.
In the distance walks a woman wearing
a yellow raincoat and black rubber boots.
She approaches me with an ax in one hand
and a black garbage bag in the other.
I back against the door, jiggling the knob.
She stands before me and smiles.
I lift my eyes to eyes shimmering blood red.
“Would you like to fill this bag for me?”
She raises the empty black bag.
I swallow the lump in my throat
and shake my head.
Dots of lights shoot before my eyes.
The room swims.
I shut my eyes
and fall to the ground.
The sky fades to black.
The Dead have come back.
The moon turns its head from me
as the soft ground swallows me.
The dark surrounds me.
Long arms grab at me.
The end might be near,
but I’m without fear.
Wolf is here for me.
He won’t set me free.
I’ll become one with the night.
I won’t go down without a fight.