The Lady In The Walls

Enduring Bones Halloween Challenge #3

Sometimes I wake up in my dining

and sometimes I wake up

in the attic

a few days later I might wake up in the basement and on that same day

it’s possible I will wake up under the kitchen window

where the earth is soft because the rain gutter gave way years ago

and that entire patch of ground is a soupy mess even in the Summer.


Sometimes I fall asleep in the little space behind the bathroom wall

where the medicine cabinet used to hang over the sink.


But no matter where I wake up and where I fall asleep

all of those parts of me

that the rats and mice and feral cats have dragged from floor to floor

in my dead and empty house

you can hear me crying out, after I’ve had a bad dream

about that night my husband came home and smothered me in my sleep

and them ran away with his girlfriend with the nicotine stained finger tips

you can hear me crying in despair and rage

from everywhere.

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