Sunday, 20 August 2017

Domestic Ghosts

Old people are often visited by ghosts of their deceased relatives, easing their passage into the next life.

The young are afraid of ghosts,
But there is no need.
Our dead are all around us
Behind a screen.

When they show themselves,
It is to bring us calm
And accept life and death
As they are.

Their demeanour is friendly;
Their mood is gay.
If we are welcoming,
They will stay.

But as soon as we say,
"Go  now please,"
Without demur or sorrow
They will leave.

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