It is a thief.
It creeps up upon the body -
Stealing rest, stealing sleep -
The edge of panic creeping ever closer -
Body pains become more acute.
You do not know that it is there -
The mind goes onto high alert -
Removing the ability to relax -
Breaking the veil of sleep.
Anxiety, it is a thief.
~ (c) Phyllis Griffiths, 2016