She had been a social worker many years
though there was more pressure
found it rewarding visiting senior citizens
concluded knocking on a door
her last visit of the week was unexpected
then no problems detected!
Remembered visiting the elderly lady before
recalling she was very frail
contact had been lost this was an urgent visit
to see if she was in distress
with no reply had a master-key to get inside
thinking she must have died!
Entering and calling the elderly person’s name
got no reply looked around
as if by instinct went into the small lounge
sensed she was in there
unprepared for the sight that would greet her
a primal fear within did stir!
She sat in a big armchair staring straight ahead
pale but appeared well
but it was several feet off the cream worn carpet
the room was cold a smell
made the social worker feel ill it was sulphur
everything after was a blur!
Awoke with a jolt as a soft voice close by spoke
shaking saw the elderly lady
who looked concerned and offering a cup of tea
the room looked normal
now in the armchair asleep a black cat did lay
quickly leaving could not stay!
From then on certain she was being followed
yet could never see anybody
her report did not reveal what she had seen
thinking she would be ridiculed
but could not forget what she had witnessed
making her feel more stressed!
It was a few days later her manager contacted
to inquire who she had seen
the lady mentioned did not live at that address
nor did anybody else
the property had been destroyed by a bad fire
an explanation did require!
Nobody was found within the burnt out shell
it was an unsolved crime
no culprit or evidence of arson had been found
flagging major concern
of course she could not give any information
causing her consternation!
Her mental health deteriorated she became ill
before long was committed
unable to accept that she imagined the event
now constantly medicated
yet still that feeling something evil was nearby
making her want to scream and cry!
Trapped in the single cell within her own hell!
The Foureyed Poet.