We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Christine E. Ray

Christine Ray – The joys of living in the castle

Brave & Reckless

we have always lived in the castle
safely nestled behind
thick stone walls
tall metal gates
with their wickedly pointed tips
murky moat full of frogs
turtles
koi
we have always lived in the castle
playing tag and hide and seek
in dusty rooms
with the living
and the dead
we are never lonely
here
we bath by candlelight
near the cozy kitchen hearth
carefully comb the tangles
out of each other’s hair
we have always lived in the castle
keeping ourselves
to ourselves
rarely venturing past
the grounds
to visit the nearby village
some could call quaint
deliveries received
at the property line
Mondays and Thursdays please
we will meet you
with a wagon
we do not welcome guests
strangers
gladly
not all of our skeletons
safely hidden in closets
buried six feet below
underneath the willow trees
the unsuspecting are hurried
quickly back to the road
they mustn’t…

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