Hydra-headed cartoon monster
with more tentacles than an octopus
whisper thin and sharp
passing through walls and windows
heart, mind and soul
on tendrils of smoke.
Grasping, seizing, choking, strangling
with manacles of iron
overwhelming courage and determination
overshadowing and overpowering.
Beaten down but not back.
Beaten back but not down.
Dissipating waves of peace and light.
Dissipated by waves of peace and light?
Where are my guardian angels
advocates and surrogates?
Who does battle for me?