After the story by CD
The howl in the tunnel is a trick –
winter wind or a stray dog’s whine?
Why does he still hear it?
Who wants to derail his sanity?
Two nights ago, he pushed through sleet
to shine a torch into the tunnel’s depths.
He saw nothing but the drip drip of ice,
nothing but rats chewing wires.
The clock strikes three. He wakes.
Tunnel’s mouth is a frozen scream.
He missed a call from his Controller.
His concentration switches from on to
off to on, on to off . . .
The signal is stuck on red.
Why does he hear the screech
of wheels? He steps into darkness again.
The tunnel’s mouth is a frozen scream.