When Darkness Falls by Michelle Burke


I opened my eyes to twilight

I had slept the day away.

I told myself I need the rest

That sleeping was Okay.


Then I looked around and

Everything sank in

I was back where I had started

I was alone again.


I tried to tell myself

It was a lesson learned

But the hurt and disappointment

Began to deeply burn.


I took a chance on believing

I took a chance on fate

I took a chance on hope

And told myself to wait


I waited and waited

But the end game never came

And once again I am sitting

Here alone again.


It would have been forever

That I waited day by day

But I decided it was too much

And so, I pulled away


I knew there would be moments

Where there would be ache and pain

But oh, I did not anticipate  

The level it would gain.


To think upon my age and years

And how it leads to fear

And how only the hollow thumping

Of my lonely heart, I hear.

I watch the sky turn purple

 And then descend to gray

To now the skies deep ending

Of another hum drum day


The house it rings with silence

And the shadows the grow deep

Within these white washed modern walls

Is a spell they watchful keep


The ghost of past encounters

Swirl and whisper now

 They ask me over and over

How could you risk it how?


A foolish wish, a maiden’s dream

Not meant for a crones old frame

Not my face inside his dreams

Not whispering my name


Dreams of gowns and golden rings

Now ring of delusion and foolish things

Acceptance, hope and love unbroken

Now only speak of promises broken


The sky turns dark

The shadows fall

Within the world I am very small


There is only here with

With white prison walls

Now tossed aside

 The broken doll

No ring on phone

No knock-on door

I am the ghost

I exist no more.


I close the shade

Accept the blame

And tell myself

Never again


This pain it renders

All useless now

I live no more

I have forgotten how.


Michelle Burke

September 2017


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