2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a this time poem.
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For today’s prompt, write a this time poem. A "this time" poem, for me, sort of makes the assumption there was a "previous time," and that "this time" will either be different or the same. Of course, I could also see a science fiction time jumping possibility here, and poets always surprise me with interpretations that are completely off my radar. Why would this time be any different?

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a This Time Poem:

“second chance”

but as i closed the door
i heard the howl again
& felt the prickling of my skin
as the wild animal rushed for
the open door to let itself in
& this time i fell to the floor
& cried out, never ever more

as if to will this fear away
that torments me every day

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