Fear grips my throat,

Constrictorlike.
Limbs motionless,
Under a thin sheet.
Stiller than still,
Heart pounding.
Breath shallowing,
The prey is paralysed.
His footsteps in the hall,
Brain activity to
nil.

Off. 

Steps


This time he is headed for
The bathroom.
Reprieved,


My             body                 slowly                                   relaxes
Air

pu-shes

out

and                                 in.