On this day do not be afraid

The Dead mean us no harm.

The Dead are not gone, although they are dead

We carry them close with us

They are friends, family,

They are on the steps of stairs

In silver smiling frames

They are in our pockets

We keep them in the naming of hearts

We know them and we know they know us

As long as we know them, they are near

When we are gone they go with us

When it can be said ‘Who’s that’

And no one knows

Then they are gone with us

Then it is our turn to be close, for a while.


Martin Swords

Halloween October 31st 2015