The Spider Shadow

I sleep, nightlight

by my beside

eyes open, each night

can't sleep (I've tried)

aimless staring

upward at the ceiling

gone long past caring

of the drain I'm feeling

then lurks in the light spread

just out of my sight

an image in my head

that gives me a fright

the spider shadow crawling

is it a trick of the eye?

can't scream or run calling

I've no movement to try

so I lay here, did I see right?

Or do my eyes decieve me?

I want to sleep, but not tonight

no one will believe me

I'll sit here, huddled down

with the blankets wrapped round me

until the image fades, without sound

and then, sleep soundly.

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