“My Enemy”

by Megan Shea

I hear the thump, thump, thump.

I sense the closing in of walls

and my head fighting the darkness

that wants to embody me.

I fight the thump, thump, thump.

I fight the darkness looming.

The pain is pounding

like a hammer slamming

against a nail.

I fight the thump, thump, thump.

I fight the darkness looming.

My enemy strikes without warning,

worms its way into my head.

Oh, how it aches!

I fight the thump, thump, thump.

I fight the darkness looming.

My battle can be won

as sure as the stars are in the sky

or it could be lost to

the darkness that envelopes me—

sleep.

I fight the thump, thump, thump.

I fight the darkness looming.

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