Night Watch

I am a dweller
of deep night hours
a lonely sentinel
in a house of slumbers
the very walls seem to breathe
rhythmic inhalations
followed by
slower exhalations
occasional grumbles
as this sanctuary
settles its strong bones
I am self-appointed shepherd
over flock of souls
gathered into my keeping
cradled gently in my arms
I protect them from demons
the jealous dream-thieves
that prey
in the darkness
I sing restless spirits
back into deep sleep
resume my lonely vigil

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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