the gaslighter.

He is not a monster because,
he is petrified of introspection,
unable to look inward,
not willing to accept.
That only makes him a deceiver.

He is not a monster because,
he is trembling, shaking,
under the weight of his own convictions,
rebuffing and rebuking.
That only makes him a coward.

He is not a monster because,
he is addled by questioning,
caught with palms red,
averse to penitence.
That only makes him a man.

What makes him a monster,
is his artful denial,
his masterly disavow,
when he turns on the lights,
to check under his bed.

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