Picture Prompt #3

Snarls dominate
shadows hidden in the blindness
blood spews
neck is twisted
victory brief 
as another comes in from the dark.
Nightmares
insidious 
crawl in my mind
screaming silence
the pain in my heart
has not eased
since we came apart.
Protector
calming the beast
nurtured in my breast
my soul
your hands kept me sane.
Without 
I slowly diminish
giving into the imps 
struggling to rise above
falling short
lapsing into pain
no drug
no alcohol
can make it abate.
Strength 
derived from how you kept me
sheltered
driving away the sorrow
driving away the murderous beast
seeking to control me.
You had kept me
safe
sane
cherished 
feelings I have now lost
since you went away.
April 7/19
Prompt provided by John of The Eclectic Contrarian
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