Shhh- be quiet.
They’ll hear you if you’re not careful.
Although your ears are overwhelmed,
theirs are empty.
They can hear the screams
that come from inside your flesh;
they can hear the horrors from your past.
Do not let them hear.
Sit in silence
as you wait for them to vanish.
Lay in the darkness
and watch their shadow pass you by.
Do not let them know,
and maybe– just maybe
they’ll leave you alone.
-15 January 2018