Knock, knock, knock on the windowpane
Insistent fingers, tapping and clawing shhhhhh don’t wake the baby
The oak beside the window creaks, moans and the moon
Peers down haughtily from behind veils of sand
Tendrils of dust below the doorjamb you can’t see me
Voices babbling among the trees, crying, clamorous
Sermonizing in some unknown and angry tongue
Dark is deepening, shadows creeping you’re not alone
Thoughts’ edges fray, scatter night-howling away
Fingers becoming wrathful fists, raining pounding fists
You can’t stop me, you can’t breathe, I’m not leaving.
She shakes herself like a dog
Licking wounds with tongues of winds, fires, floods
Time to wake from this long nap and rid yourself of the fleas.
The seas revolt, finned armies planning death by stingray, lunch by shark
Rumblings beneath her skin, sighs above and tremors within.
She grows hot, then cold, and we begin to die.