Nightshivers

Tears through sleep, shivers that weep

I open my eyes, dissipating demise

The death was not real, the cold I could feel

All conjured up by my dreams.

I held his body, frozen solid

Claw marks on the door

The agonized scream, I knew she would weep

Senseless murder that I could not stop.

I tried to save you, I’m sorry, I failed

Your blood will be on my face, my sleeves

Like my ears are full of your mother’s wailing

And my eyes bled salt for your sake.

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Doll

Each night my silk-skin shudders
And my yarn-hair starts to fall
The black matte buttons that give me sight
Grow dim and lose their light.

The nightmares climb up bookcases and
Nest in the dust on my grin
They stretch their claws in my overalls
And kiss the freckles on my chin. 

I cannot fight the shadows, so my weaknesses grow strong
Each night the dimness fills my limbs
And seeps into my soles. 

I try to whisper, “help me, please”,
But the child-folk cannot hear. 
So tears of dust fall from my eyes
And I let the shadows near. 

With dawn my shivers grow warmer
And the sun brings back my gleam
I smile painted lips at children
Who see only what they want to see.