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You Should Have Stayed Home
Felicia Change

Decorative waves

You should have known not to enter

a haunted house with people who

do not believe in ghosts they laugh

and joke while you thread lightly

down the hall avoiding mirrors

because you know what you’ll see


They do not sense the lingering dead

don’t feel breathing down their necks

notice the flickering lights or the

creaking floors or the shadows lurking

behind open and closed doors


But you feel them float in the walls

closing in and reaching out wanting you

to join them for your heart to stop and

your bones to break for you to die

and be reborn so you can stay

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