Please wash away my sorrow and pain.
Let it flow down the streets with the rain.
Dissolved in torrents of despair and sadness,
Joining others on its way past the madness.
The ocean may take it far away
To places, we cannot even say,
Where no one recognizes its sting
Or knows the infliction it can bring.
Let the rain grow harder with its might,
Becoming hail on this fateful night.
I want to be free of all traces
Of unwanted feelings and faces.
My body grows cold from the rain.
It stands clean and free from the pain.
Shivers create a path on my spine
As I wait in the dark woods of pine.
I hold my head high to the wet spray;
It becomes a mist of blue and grey.
The faucet has turned off for the night,
Leaving me feeling clean and so right.
Trees fill the conservatory.
Wolf leads us inside.
A domed paradise of greenery.
We follow him through bushes
that move to a music all their own.
Humid air coats our skin.
The ground shivers beneath our feet.
The trees lift up their massive roots.
Scraggly arms reach for us.
Time to leave this artificial paradise.
THE DEAD GAME
Sparkle for me ocean blue.
I’ve come here only for you.
Your beauty tempts me this night.
I have given up the fight.
Wrap you cold arms around me.
I long to be light and free.
Pull me deeper inside.
I have long lost my pride.
Your water feels cold and nice.
I’ve become a block of ice.
Icicles hang from my hair.
But I don’t have any fear.
I trusted you.
I had loved you.
I am nothing.
I am no more.
A nip in the air.
A chill in my bones.
The Dead will be here.
And in our own homes.
Palm trees will shiver.
The whole ground will quake.
Up from the river.
Or the nearest lake.
Take me far away.
From this creepy place.
Let us run and pray.
Make an about face.
THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist
All around me.
All around me.
I can feel the earth moving.
The trees trembling.
The grass shivering.
All around me.
One more smack of my shovel
And the earth’s slumber is cut short.
The ground rumbles and shakes,
Moving debris away from the fresh hole.
The trees step back in horror,
Removing their canopy of leaves.
The sun sneaks a peek into the abyss,
Where a door waits to be opened.
One more shake, rattle, and roll
And the door is lifted into standing position.
What was once below in the darkness
Has now been moved above into the sunshine.
This door has powers not yet fully realized.
It has opened to fantasies and dreams
Of the fishermen and their families.
Offering them escape from violent attacks and storms.
It has also opened to trap our dear friends
In the dungeons below End House.
One step at a time I will take
Into the descending realms of the supernatural.
The coldness envelopes me with its cold breath.
Icy fingers run up and down my spine.
Dark shadows dart by too quickly to be seen.
But I know that I am not alone down here.
I huddle with my friends for warmth.
We walk as one down the corridors of time.
Life has no dominion down here.
Death is the ruler of the day.
A closed metal door stands before us.
This is the moment that makes or breaks heroes.
We are beyond any fear of consequences.
We’ve been through this too many times before.
OUR GAMES HAVE JUST BEGUN
THE DEAD GAME BY SUSANNE LEIST