That Night

by Ellora Sutton

The hands
            that night
one-on-one
            that night
pain and suffering
            that night.
I can tell you
firsthand
the devastating impact.

Life has been deeply altered forever.
Every waking minute is consumed
with worry
            anxiety
                        fear
and depression.

He walks.
I hide.
He consumes.

Broken
            shattered
in so many ways.

20 minutes of
forever,
incarceration
            violent.
So many dangers.

Break the cycle.