Waking up

From my comfortable bed a noise disturbed me
Early morning
Sleepiness making me
Unsure if I heard, saw, felt anything
The shadow passes the door
Exaggerated
Slowness
Bolts me wide awake and senses alert
Face I don’t know peers in with a calming (he thinks!)
Sssshhhh
Like he’s lulling
a child
To sleep, so confident of his ability
I am jolted further as my mind tells me
He came
Downstairs
My child rests up there and I need to know
She is safe, unharmed from this.
I get up my blood boiling, heart pounds
Tribal beat in me
Protect, deflect
I yell like something unearthly, in language
I do not understand a word
OUT!!  LEAVE!!
While you can
Across the garden and to the fence give chase
Back inside the door you left open, ill you said (drunk)
Letting this person into the home
Two at a time
Stairs taken
I get into the room of my child
Where she lies awake,  safe, unharmed
I look into the room where you are now
And see you
Huddled, afraid
Didn’t even move till I told you it was safe.

Ailsa

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