The essence of you


I curled around your imagination,

hissed the words you should write,

slithered between

your wake and sleep.


Left my venom behind,

I’m not here to harm you,

rather to exorcise

the fear out of you.


Don’t be afraid

at the flick of my tongue.

Hear my silent quips

as they escape my lips

divining the greatness

I see in you,

Communing with the spirit

that others don’t see.


I’ve chosen this form

to help you confront your fear

because that’s what it takes

before you can get near

to the you that is within,

the you that squats

in the dark,

shrinks into a corner,

hides in a suffocating closet,

sings muted songs

and beats quiet drums.


Don’t just stand there

paralysed and afraid

when you see me.

I’m just a sign, symbol sent,

sliding through your life,

serving a summons for you

to seek and find

the essence of you.