While you sleep I walk through shadows, shaped like clouds I feel the substance inside. My skin cools I hear the whispers drag at my mind We live in the air, water, fire. The very earth you live on I am often there when you sleep When you wake at night, you see shadows in the darkness of your room You wander, you shuffle through old photos trying to press Their image in mind We don’t want you to grieve, to hope that for one hour a year You might see us again. That’s not how it works Life is for the living, the dead can be remembered Often, they invoke the help you were looking for during daylight hours. Here, you may see a flicker of colour from the corner of your eye That too may be someone you remember It’s best to leave the dead to their own business Crossover contact doesn’t always go well In extreme cases, it can cause death That’s the clever way to bring new souls over When it goes wrong, many are left paralysed Their minds taken. An empty husk left behind For some souls it’s anger against the living Jealousy, a desire to be where you are For the others it’s a need to see their loved ones To be near them for a while They cannot stop themselves from visiting When they should know better They are draining the life from the very ones they love When you feel a loved one near Wish them well. No more is needed They in turn will leave a blessing when they can…
© Anita Dawes 2021
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Hearttouching impressive! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your weekend! xx Michael
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