Protected by Love


There is no rest for me this night.

The old, haunting memories

have roused me, and, edgy,

I sit near you keeping vigil.

I watch you as you sleep;

Calm and peaceful,

A slight smile on your lips;

no terrors, no scenes of horror

to keep you wakeful.

You stir, sliding up against me,

and take my hand,

holding it close to your breast.

Content, you settle back

to slumber, trusting me

to keep you safe.

My demons are gone.

The touch of your hand

has sent them back to

the shadow world to wait

until sorrow and regret

call them forth again.

For a while I am at peace,

Enfolded in, surrounded by,

protected by love.


Ellie Maziekien


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