Waiting in the Shadows

by Terri Lyn Stanfield

You lurk there in the shadows
Just waiting for me to have a moment of weakness
Then you pounce, shredding my crippled defenses
And reaching into the depths of my soul
Decimating me with memories of sins past
Ripping open old wounds with vicious glee
Laughing as I am crushed beneath the weight
Gloating over my misery, reveling in it
Increasing it at every opportunity
Until at last, I find it within myself to take control
And for a while, at least, you are conquered
But I know you are always there.....waiting

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