Stalked By Evil: a dark poem about fear

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Stalked By Evil.

by John Hansen © 2014

Peering through the curtain,

Careful to stay hidden.

Dusk descends

But it isn't comforting.

Darkness hides the evil

That lurks -

Waiting patiently,

Hiding in the trees,

Within the rafters,

Scampering across the roof.

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I try to fight sleep.

What happens when eyes close?

It moves closer - unseen,

Into the house,

Moving things,

Watching as I sleep.

I feel helpless and alone.

Is it one or many?

I can't say.

But I know it's evil,

Satan sent.

I'm sure it wants me dead,

To die in my sleep,

To steal my soul.

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I try to get help,

But no one believes me.

The police think I'm crazy.

Each time they come

It hides, silent and still,

Until I am alone again.

To fill me with torment and dread.

The doctor had my medical record

Up on his computer screen.

I saw the word "paranoid",

He wants me to see a shrink.

I am so tired,

My eyes blink shut,

My head slumps.

I bob it up again,

Willing my eyes to open -

Temporarily.

My head falls back

Onto the pillow.

I can fight no longer,

Giving into sleep,

And the terror that stalks me.

I am at it's mercy.

Will I wake,

Or be taken in my sleep?

These questions

Are beyond me now,

Until the morning comes

-Or not! -

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A Bonus Poem

The Spider

by John Hansen

The spider with his lustful eyes

Gazes down upon his prize,

A pretty moth with satin wings,

Trapped helplessly, the web, within.


Though she tries vainly to be free

The web holds strong within the tree.


Hungry for this lovely treat,

the spider moves on eight swift feet,

descending fast along the thread.

The pretty moth will soon be dead.


But then a twig falls from the tree,

It breaks the web, the moth is free.

She flaps her wings and flies away,

The spider will not eat this day.

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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Until morning comes--or not! Pretty cool write John!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just excellent John. I could not help but think that if we all cannot admit we have at least a little of this in us, we deceive ourselves.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Oh how terrifying it must be to live inside a paranoid mind.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

It must be truly terrifying ... up for days, delirious and out of your mind, beyond afraid. A good write, John. It captures the confusion and terror.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I cam back again--I didn't read paranoia--but see how you could--I guess I was quite literal in my take


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey, I sometimes wonder where my mind is going next..it often surprises me.

Yes Eric, I think we all do at times. just effects some more than others.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna. Yes it is...i mean, must be...lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Flourish, thanks for your kind comment. I think t would be truly terrifying.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

What a glimpse inside the paranoid mind! Oh but on his end does he see himself rather as a terrified person? Either way it is truly a scary place. I'm not saying I've had those kinds of nights but hey! Whether paranoid or terrified, the Lights stay on and phone is handy until the morning comes. Until the morning comes, what a nice last line.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for returning Audrey. All good.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Who can say if it's paranoid or terrified for good reason Rachael? how many times have people been dismissed as paranoid only to be attacked or murdered a few days later.? It happens more often then we like to think. Thanks for reading and your interesting comment.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

To feel the pain , aguish and frustrations of other human beings and portray these in poems is really a daunting task. John, you have depicted it all so alive that we get to visualize a real person. Some of such persons become very violent too. I think such conditions are curable.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

A very scary and daunting poem. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. I really liked it. Great job!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

I guess that we will never know who is right, the patient or the doctor. This would be a good one to enter Frank's poem except that it is too long and the wrong theme. I voted it up and more.

Kevin


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Dan W Miller 2 years ago from Southern California now living in Phoenix

When it ended, I first thought, "That's it?" But that's exactly where it should "end." NOT an ending at all... to be played in the victim's mind's eye... over and over and night after night... again and again...

Bravo!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind comment Lisa, glad this poem had you on the edge of your seat and was scary enough.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Harishprasad, the condition of anxiety and paranoia can be treated effectively, but what if the fear is 'real' and there is evil out there stalking this person. We will never know. I leave that to your imagination. Thank you for your kind insightful comment as always.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Kevin. I think taking part in Frank's challenge kept my mind concentrating on the 'horror' genre. As you say this is too long for the challenge and off topic. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the vote.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree Dan. I thought about making it longer and work to a conclusion, but being a poem I thought that may take away from it. I preferred to leave the ending up to the reader's imagination. Let them decide if the person is paranoid or under an actual threat from a stalker or demonic presence. Thank you for your comment.


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Dan W Miller 2 years ago from Southern California now living in Phoenix

Let me share it on my fb site, Jodah. I have about 3,000+ "ADHD readers" and this might just be perfect. Maybe tomorrow. The twisted, odd ending is great.

I have a very short , short story, "Our Soldier Finally Returns Home. " Spoiler alert: He's glad to be back home and tells about all the celebrating that will take place and then the last two lines you find out... it's his corpse that has arrived...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Dan, please do share. I need more exposure... :)

I love a twist at the end, it really make the read worthwhile and it is the basis of my micro-poems and some other hubs. I just read 'The Real Rocky' but now I need to read 'Our Soldier Finally Returns Home'. Thanks for visiting again.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

That poem was certainly frightening - paranoid or a victim - either one creates a terror I would not want to live with and your did a great job on realating emotions.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Pamela for that insightful comment. I wouldn't like to live with one of those situations either. I am glad I succeeded in making the poem frightening.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Oh dear, I read on in trepidation - I can see so many what if's - victim, paranoid but then again maybe something beyond imagination. Until the morning comes - or not. Yikes. There's much to consider in this troubled persona - really well presented.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you travmaj. I tried to make it creepy but leave it up to interpretation as to whether it was paranoia or a real threat.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is very scary, Jodah! I find the thought of evil "scampering across the roof" especially frightening. You've created an atmosphere of fear and terror very successfully in this poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the kind comment Alicia. Sorry to scare you though.. :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Another great poem. I feel the horror. In celebration of National Poetry Month, I am letting my favorite HP poets know who they are. You re one of them. Thanks for sharing your talent.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Whoo, you must listen to the music as you read this, scary. I worked in a psych ward when i was in nurses training. I saw people who lived in their own world, sometimes they would freak out, screaming you SOB, how very sad to be locked up. I was so happy when that month was over, yet it instilled a feeling of empathy for mental diseases. This piece is really good Jodah. The ending leaves me wondering, what if?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow, thanks for that MsDora. I am truly honored to be on the list of your favorites. I am just glad that you enjoy my poetry.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ruby, working in a psych ward sure would make you appreciate what mental illness was like. Glad you listened to the music and found this scary, and also that the ending worked for you.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Dark, frightening...interesting reading this on Easter morning. The symbolism is dripping out of this poem. Well done my friend and Happy Easter to you and yours.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Bill, I hope you are having a great Easter too. Thanks for your comment here. Dark and frightening are exactly what I was aiming for.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

jodah your poetry is so awesome wow and again wow


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Where did this come from, Jodah? hahaha. You are very versatile and good in your poetry. The very descriptive phrases you use really brings the feelings alive. Well done, Jodah.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Lovely poem that captivates


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carolinemd21 2 years ago from Close to Heaven

Great poem! I could really feel the intensity of emotion in your writing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

As always Frank I thank you for being a regular reader of my hubs and for your support.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Phyllis, I wish I knew...haha. Strange things pop into my mind from time to time. Thanks for your kind comments.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading MG Singh, and your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Caroline, so glad you felt the emotion I was trying to convey. Thanks for your generous comment.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jodah you have produced another great write but this time with a scary effect a well-expressed poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks DDE, glad you found it scary. I appreciate your kind comment.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

Wow! Is he really paranoid, or not? This reminds me of a person I know who had night terrors when she was a child. She kept her parents from sleeping many a night. Voted up++


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hm MizBejabbers, what do you think? Maybe, maybe not! Yes, my brother had night terrors also. It is not a pleasant thing. Thank you for reading and voting up.


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Cresentmoon2007 2 years ago from Caledonia, MI

I like this poem because it represents the feelings that I have nearly on a daily basis. Great write.


ocfireflies 2 years ago

Okay, did someone send you a copy of my medical records? Smiles. I can see from the other comments this one resonates with many of us. I wonder if part of it comes from having a creative mind. A definite V+

Kim


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B. A. Williams 2 years ago from USA

Very nice and dark, it read more like a story which was extra nice.

Keep Writing!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Crescentmoon, glad to see this resonates with you. Sorry that you are going through this daily, that would be a stressful experience. Thank you for you kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Once again, sorry you are also going through this type of torment. It's strange that what my muse encourages me to write about seems to be things others are dealing with at the moment. I am glad that people can connect with what I write but it is sad to know my friends are suffering these things. Thank you for your kind comment and the vote up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment B.A. Williams. I am glad you enjoyed this, and yes I will keep writing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Jodah,

Am I just getting on here this night after the Easter weekend and a Monday ... anyway, this poem is so well-written and frightening! I must say that I will add a different take than most others here, and that being since you wrote the lines ..."But I know it's evil, Satan sent. I'm sure it wants me dead, To die in my sleep, To steal my soul." To me, this is a true depiction of what happens as God tells us in His word when Satan truly comes to" kill, steal and destroy". For that is what he does and he will come at those with such intensity, "like a roaring lion," that it feels like to those exactly what you have described here in your superb poem. I have been in battle of spiritual warfare with those powers and principalities in that unseen world to do battle for those who are not able to put on that full armor of God for themselves and protect themselves, but the Lord is so much more powerful than anything Satan wishes he could do. Satan loves to whisper those false imaginations into people's minds. The closer one gets to the Lord, the more of a threat you are to Satan. This is not me saying all of this, but what God tells us in His Holy Word, the Bible.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

God bless you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Faith. Your view is most welcome as this poem is certainly open to interpretation. You are right that Satan is always lurking and looking for the opportunity to "kill, steal and destroy" the vulnerable and unprepared. At our church we used to learn to protect ourselves with the full armor of God also. Thank you for your vote up, pin, and share also. Hope you had a great Easter.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

now am afraid! Am seeing things too. I am happy that in the Lord's hands, I have a stronghold. No matter how afraid things become, we will overcome. This was well written, Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Thandi. Yes, we can live in fear and terror or choose to put ourselves in the Lord's hands to watch over and protect us. Glad these words had the desired scary effect though.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Move over, Stephen King…this truly gave me the willies, John; plus, there is the element of the profound that rests beneath the surface, in layers. (Hubby will complain but the lights are staying this evening.) Excellent write. Voted UP and shared.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Genna, thanks for reading and for the great comment. I don't think Steven King has to look over his shoulder just yet...haha, but I am amazed that my writing has such a powerful effect to actually give readers "the willies". Yes, you are right, there is always an underlying message or observation beneath what I write. Even if the poem is light and seemingly unconfronting it was usually written for a reason. :) I hope your hubby slept ok with the light on. Thanks for the vote up and share too.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

This is excellent Jodah. The imagery is great and you managed to take us right into the victim's head. Paranoid or threatened? We don't know but either way the character's fear is tangible and the atmosphere dark. Chilling and my favourite of your works.

Anna :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Anna! Thank you so much for that wonderful comment. Maybe I have to write more in this creepy/thriller type genre. Glad you enjoyed.


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mythbuster 2 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

"Is it one or many?

I can't say.

But I know it's evil," this part got to me... and then I realized there was at least half a poem to go yet... so I hunkered down and read to the end. Nice poem - NOT... spooky, cool, yeah! I am really glad I am reading this just before noonday and not at night :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad this had an effect on you mythbuster....even if it was to creep you out...lol. You mean you didn't vote it up 'beautiful' or 'funny'? Aw, I'm disappointed...:)...not. Thanks for braving it to the end.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Wow Jodah-and I thought my latest poem was dark. Always fun to let that dark side of us come out. Poor dude in the poem needs a sleeping aid. LOL

Great write my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Minnetonka, we must have been on the same wavelength. Yes it's good to let your dark side express itself now and then. Thanks for reading.


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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia

A gripping read of paranoia... or is it ?

after all there are so many thing in this world that most "normal people" can't explain and don't even want to think they have to... so much easier to stick on the label of crazy and be done with it...

a great read... thank you!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure nighthag. I agree it's much easier to label people as crazy then deal with the real problem. Thank you for reading and your kind comment.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Great read, enjoy viewing things from the dark side from time to time.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Joe, glad you enjoyed the experience.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Reminds me of my soon-to-be ex boyfriend! Voted interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Is he the stalker or the one seen as paranoid Suzanne?


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

He's more of a stalker type. But I was sort of joking too, because he doesn't do anything more than attempt to instill fear!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Saw this again -- on Google+ and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you a second time Flourish :)


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM

Wow! You really build the suspense! This is a creepy poem great for the Halloween season. I feel the narrator's uneasiness and frustration that no one believes her. Chilling!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Suzette. That is the very feeling I was trying to capture here. Thought it would be good to re-share this for Halloween.


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FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

I enjoyed reading this again, perfect for the Halloween season.


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fpherj48 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah....I read your work and appreciate you because well, you're superb at what you do and a really nice guy too! Therefore, it is my own fault now that I will be double-locking all doors and windows....checking under and around all nooks & crannies.....sleeping with a baseball bat and repeating that childhood prayer, "Now I lay Me...." .....

I'll be sure to think about you, Jodah.....good buddy!!! LOL


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CrisSp 24 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Scary and dark as it may seem, it's another fine write by Jodah.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Flourish this is the third time you have read this...you just can't resist it can you... ? :)


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great comment Paula....sorry to put you so at ease with this scary little poem....wow, the thought of me running across the roof at night would be pretty scary I admit :)


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw, thank you for that kind comment Cris. I appreciate readers like you.


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Dana Tate 24 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I don't see how I missed this one Jodah: I loved it a great poem for Halloween.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Dana..just trying to scare people's socks off...for Halloween..and raise the views and scores of some older hubs. Thanks for reading.


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sujaya venkatesh 19 months ago

quite scary jo


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Sujaya, I hoped I succeeded in making it scary.

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