Half Awake

By Ivanka Fear


Waking suddenly
finding, no... catching
a shadow hovering over me.
Shapes projected on my bed-chamber walls
by the light of the waning moon
descend upon my defenseless consciousness.

A tall dark stranger lurks in the doorway,
some creature creeps out of the closet
a large black figure looms - 
wait—is that you wandering about??
My terror begins to wane as I sense your presence.

The whispering of ghosts,
the creaking of a door— 
remnants of nightmares
and you.
I blink my eyes— 
nothing there, but you.
My sleepwalker.
I’m safe.

Then suddenly…
the hall light flickers
the digital clock flashes
the radio blares
the television speaks
the refrigerator hums
and I sit bolt upright 
and scream
as the power is restored.

The zombie prowl ceases
and you awaken from your nightly stroll
to find me in shock, locked in terror,
mouth open, a frozen stone effigy.

About The Author


Ivanka Fear is a former teacher now pursuing her passion for writing. Her poems and short stories appear in Spadina Literary Review, Montreal Writes, Adelaide Literary, October Hill, Scarlet Leaf Review, The Sirens Call, The Literary Hatchet, Wellington Street Review, Aphelion, Muddy River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

She has completed her fourth suspense novel and is looking for an agent. Ivanka resides in midwestern Ontario, Canada, with her family and cats. If you want to check out what else Ivanka is up to, you can go to her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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