I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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1 July 2013

The Unseen

Dark moon.
I don't go outside.

I heard deliberate footsteps 
up the front stairs
just before the cats
banged to be let in.

When I opened the door
I half expected to see
a man standing with them.

Instead, before entering 
they turned, looking back 
down the empty steps.

Last night I felt a presence
standing behind my chair.
Today I learn it was that time
my cousin John died.

I don't go out
in the cold, wet dark tonight
but I do say my thanks
to the Goddess.

One way and another
She is with me.


Submitted for dVerse Poetics: fantasy and reality blend. (Supposed to be mirages 
of summer heat — but it's winter here, which blurs reality in its own way.)

31 comments:

  1. Lovely, Rosemary, just lovely! xxxx

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  2. Very atmospheric.
    (Stay warm. Stay safe. Send teh cats out.)

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    1. Thanks, mate. It's so very wet tonight, I don't think even the cats want to go out. But yes, I'm warm and safe.

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  3. Sometimes we just feel the presence of someone we've loved and lost. This is beautiful!

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  4. Wow, well done!

    So sorry for your loss!

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  5. As long one is happy,safe and warm all others are secondary. Best wishes for your revision Ma'am. A sage once said, the fastest way to do anything is to do one thing at a time. Wonderful take Rosemary and sorry to hear of your loss!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks, Hank - and also for the wise advice of the sage. :)

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  6. Those unseen visitors can be quite eerie, but less so when one has an explanation for their presence. It is good that at these times you feel your Goddess with you, and that this lessens the fear.

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    1. I'm seldom afraid of spirits. (I'm used to them.) Living intruders might scare me! I thank the Goddess both for protecting me, and for the fact that my loved ones may visit, whether to say goodbye or whatever.

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  7. I love how you wrote this...the cats seeming to know someone is there before you do. I don't know if you found this comforting or unsettling. That kind of reality (?)...sense...is real even if invisible. The Goddess with you...made me smile. Security.

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    1. 'One way and another' - with me in either circumstance.

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  8. it is in its own way, for sure...esp alone in the house...i hope the goddess is watching out for you...you know...there has to be reassurance in that...

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  9. Sometimes, we learn thing through the spiritual realm..sorry for the loss..it is good that your guardian is watching over you.

    Peace & Light...

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  10. I like how you resolve the eeriness into something familiar and lost yet timeless. Beautiful.

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  11. Good luck with your prose...it's always good to slow down a little with the ....one gets a fresh outlook... this poem reminded me of incidents I've experienced....not spooky, but reassuring ;_)

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  12. The feeling of a presence around is so well portrayed in your works.. Lovely work!

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  13. oh heck...this sent shivers down my spine...feeling the presence of things that are not really there...the parts with the cats turning...somehow good to know though that we feel more than we really see

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  14. This presence and the cats almost make it like something from Poe. I really liked it, and the goddess ... a positive note at the end.

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  15. Eerie... but a comfortable presence at that. I've felt the same before.

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  16. so beautiful. it is nice to see someone not shying away from ghosts... i enjoyed the positive vibe in this one. isn't it wonderful when they come to visit?
    ~Miriam

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    1. I've been told I am a 'clearing-house' for spirits - in some way my energy facilitates their moving on - so I am often aware of them but don't aways know them. I like it when loved ones visit.

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  17. Eerie. Cats are very perceptive to presences. Very nice poem. -Mike

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  18. Many thanks to you all for taking the trouble to comment.

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  19. I like the supernatural elements and the sweet ending.

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