|***Photo credit Jennifer Upton|
What if no one sees me standing there-
in the day, in the night,
guarding this one hallowed spot of earth
I was created to cover?
What if I am in this corner of the world
forever? The long years ticking by
in the moving of shadows, wordless
creatures my only companions?
I keep my eyes forward.
I keep my head covered.
I keep my fear held tightly to my bosom
Hidden beneath a fortress of stone.
Will I wait forever to see life breathed into this body?
Will I carry always the kiss of rain, the heat of light,
the autumn leaves,
eroding the shape of me?
If I had a request to make in all these tedious hours,
I’d beg you not to let me fade away.
Written during a write-in with the Story Sessions writers' group. The prompt was the photo above, taken by Jennifer Upton.