For the Secret Keeper’s five word prompt.
RAP | STONE | MARK | BAR | GROUND
Against the rapping on the wall
and the grinding of hinges,
the stamping of the ground,
the rasp of water breaking stone,
some nights, there is no defence.
The barred door will break,
claw marks in the oak,
and the print of bare feet on the flags
the only traces.
When the owl cries,
no one will listen,
no one will hear
except the wind among the rafters.