“The Tormentor” by Angela Cohen

My tormentor has bound me to invisible chains

He likes to say that I am at his mercy

I have to withstand the barrage of his daily verbal abuse

and pretend that I enjoy his company

I long to go home, but he says that he needs a companion—

Someone who can tolerate his dark soul, his unpredictable moods

and his unacceptable behavior

I have begged and pleaded with him to let me go

I’ve promised him riches, but he says none of that matters to him

He is happy to see me suffer

He likes to see me fall into despair

I feel foolish for falling into his trap

Like a helpless insect trapped in an elaborate spider’s web

I slowly drown in fear and utmost sorrow

As he takes my hand and leads me to an eternal inferno

Angela Cohen

Photo by VC Ferry

All Rights Reserved

© 2010


  1. lkthayer · February 25, 2010

    truly frightening Angela, I chose this image which frightens me too! Thank you for sharing, brave one. LK

  2. Jaymie · February 25, 2010

    We all have different tormentors…I’d like to send mine packing.

  3. lin · February 25, 2010

    throw yourself the rope wrapped around the edges of your own mind….climb out…you will be surprised how strong your legs are

  4. Henry B. Rosenbush · February 25, 2010

    There are far too many men in the world who fall under this category. May they actually fall into a dark mine shaft to be covered with darkness. A brilliant and haunting piece and one that gave me horripilation.

  5. vicki bjornson · February 25, 2010

    Angela, thank you for sharing this piece. It’s beautifully written and hauntingly real. wonderful work. you’re a wonderful writer.

    • Angela Cohan · February 26, 2010

      thank you Vicki for the kind words–I appreciate it


  6. asha unnithan · November 4, 2010


    ney lament any more, neither maketh to lament,
    dismantle all shackles, have to loss only the shackles..

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