It was on impulse he stopped he thought
this thundery night as the rain fell
in a blinding lightning flash was certain
something was standing ahead
that moment of dread overwhelmed him
certain this was no imaginary whim!
Had only one pint with a meal an hour ago
was feeling fine until now
decided to drive on the car would not start
then all the electrics failed
now really scared he just watched the storm
another flash closer a shape did form!
It looked like a woman in a white nightgown
long straggly dark hair
soaked the head bowed standing in the road
thinking she was distressed
yet that gut instinct was telling him to stop
this was but a false backdrop!
Another loud thunder-clap and bright flash
now stood close to the bonnet
head was raised exposing a grotesque face
skeletal in its appearance
at this shocking image there was no escape
what really was the monstrous shape?
Frenzy overwhelmed him he was trapped
pulling at the door handle
until his hands bled he started to go mad
another flash nothing was there
until he sensed movement from behind
for his fate was resigned!
With an almighty clap of thunder he knew
it was with him in the car
nobody heard his muffled pitiful screams
as beside him the thing sat
his heart and mind could take it no more
as the rain outside did pour!
As daylight broke the storm had abated
a passing farmer found him
lights and engine running on the roadway
glancing in saw the expression
of terror slumped pale staring wide-eyed
he was all alone inside!