You come creeping on slow, silent feet.
You enter my life unbidden and unwelcome spreading shadows in your wake.
Your tiny whispers poison me; sucking the life from my soul.
You come as a friend, a mother, a lover,
A confidante with gestures of concern to disguise your malevolence.
Your tiny voice slips in under the radar, quiet at first until it booms
in my brain.
Your demands to be heard will not be denied.
Slowly your critique undermines, gently, sweetly at first.
A question here, a comment there.
Time passes and you grow strong.
My Will, My Self is eroded away.
I diminish as you grow, fading softly and imperceptibly into the void.
Now there is no ‘me’, there is only you, my uninvited guest.