Soul Snatchers by Teresa Roberts

He saw the shadow on the wall

many years ago

It was long and tall

Looming over his bed

But when he mentioned it

to his mom and dad

They said it was all in his head


So he took their word as children do

And went his merry way

He wasn’t certain through and through

But over time he did forget

about that shadow strange

And could laugh at other’s stories

without a smidgeon of regret


Until the day the shadow play

graced his grownup world

Dark and menacing at the end of day

With fanged smile and cape unfurled

Holding him hostage with the intention

of stealing his soul by bloodletting

and other things he couldn’t mention


Yes, he went willingly into the night

As he watched his life slip away

Becoming a tiny speck of light

There was no cursing or flailing about

It was painless from the start

He simply let the shadow steal

His vision and his heart


The next morning was almost the same

as all the days before

He could not give the change a name

as he walked out the door

heading down a street thus lined

with hordes of soulless people

whose lives the shadow had defined.


Children understand

Dogs may, too

That the shadows of the undead

are real and full of dread

And what they saw upon their wall

was never in their heads at all.


© Teresa Roberts

Excerpt from the book Poetic Shadows

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Who are you? Are you a brave knight? A warrior brandishing your sword, ready for battle. Are you a dreamer? Away with the fairies, losing count of fireflies whilst searching for Neverland. A goth? Who feels right at home with the monsters hiding under the bed, who loves to dance a dervish with the devil on the stroke of midnight. Or perhaps you are a dragon-slayer? Or a soul snatcher? Basking in the heat of an eternal flame. Or maybe you’re a witch? Hiding deep in the woods, practicing dark arts beneath the light of a full moon.

L.J. Diaz, Author of Catching Snowflakes

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