In that moment
when mind wakes before body
gravity has me by the wrists
and the chest and the hips and the feet
I weigh a hundred times myself.

there’s a monster in the corner
scheming my end
or my unending hell
but, I can’t turn my head
all I have is a blink 

and like everytime before–
I pour my strength into a single finger
just move! I rally and I rage and
nothing. I still can’t look him in the eye,
the devil in the corner,

I dare him to get it over with.
if I had the energy to turn  
I’d see–no one’s there.