First published in March 2021

She was walking home< br> minding her own business,
no doubt mulling over
the chat, confidences
she'd shared with friends,
thinking of a hot drink
and bed, perhaps of
tomorrow's problems.

The tomorrow that
failed to come for Sarah,
jumped on, gagged perhaps,
raped - we don't know.
One thing's for sure,
she didn't make it
taking that familiar path,
just walking home - alone.