last night i dreamed i was being followed around my house in the night by a shadow it was tall and slender and shaped like a person but it moved around corners and along the floor and up the stairs like a snake i could not escape and it filled my chest with helpless terror and it filled my head with a crescendo of white noise i gasped desperately and awoke to a dark room but the air was calm just the droning hum of a ceiling fan and the warm glow of a hallway light peeking through the doorframe so i placed my head back down and lied wondering for some time i wondered to whom or what the shadow belonged i wondered if it belonged to me and i wondered why facing it was so unbearable