Insecurity Blanket

More scared of being scared than scared,

she cowers under the covers.

Barely breathing and keeping quiet

she hears only her heartbeat.

In darkness, under cover,

she sees nothing.

then, comes the smell

of tepid breath,

then, comes the beat

not in sync with her heart,

then, in deep distress,

yellow eyes glow

then, the mouth full of canines

snap in her direction.

then, the blanket is thrown off

when she calls, “Mommy,”

then, no one answers,
as, the blanket muffles…

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