Whose shadow-darkened thoughts encroach and question,
Diminish dawn’s cockrow, dispel the day,
Worming into loam and taking root there,
Nightshade weed, asphyxiating prey?
Invasive views, punitive to thinkers,
Banks of clouds eclipsing all sun’s beams,
Unsummoned guests disabling reason,
Recurrent words, distorted earthly themes.
Florid-faced to grey on one perusal,
Ashen breath obstructing air, extinguish torch.
Whose mind a firmament of pyrotechnic danger
Erupting in the sentinel’s night watch?
Where dreams are blessed with skies of bluest sunlight
Whose nightmares purge my soul with caustic fright?