I hear the Beast’s voice as I’m falling asleep
It seems loud in the distance, I can’t be sure.
I tiptoe past a silently opened door.
The hall is dark, the carpet muffles my steps, I feel my way to the railing
And listen…. Nothing.
It’s not him screaming.
Just a hallucination, some sound or the other.
But I turn, and I see my sister
Crouched on the landing, just as scared
Nowhere in the world are there
Two other girls, so afraid
To leave their mother
Alone with their father