Dust storm 

A calm night

An evening for a stroll

An embrace not so subtle

Like twine in winds 

Like leaves in fall

Swept away by the elegance 

Conjured up into a thought 

Pure eyes say less

Over-exaggeration

On my end how fine

What was once innocent

Seemed oh so dreadful 

Times spent 

Figuring out the motive

I blinked and woke

To a realization 

 Not so comfortable

Like water to a bee

Like salt to a slug 

A barrage of absent minded

Insecure baffle 

Turned heads down

One mistake

Too many

One mistake 

Undone 

There’s no coming back 

Not for everyone…

Come on in

We’ve been driving for about 3 hours 

It’s late

The streetlights have faded away

Almost 6 miles back

A long country road

With open gaps of darkness

Then the turns 

Swallowed up by overbearing trees

The gaslight blinks 

We need to find somewhere to stop 

I look over to Leah

She’s fast asleep 

Head leaning against the door

I pull up to a diner

The only place in miles 

The lights still on

We walk up to the front door

A woman standing behind the counter

Waves us in

Said she hasn’t seen people for quite some time

A television flickered

to what it seemed was local news on playback

The date said august 3rd 

We were in June 

I paid it no mind

Coffee and some toast please

She didn’t hesitate 

Oh baby try our special 

On me 

Leah was still in the bathroom

My migraine started to intensify

The tv now flickered 

August 3rd 1996

A fire has gone ablaze

Local diner burned down

I checked my phone 

But it was dead

Here you go baby enjoy

It was Belgium waffles with blueberry and whipped cream 

With a side of peach slices 

Leah still hasn’t returned

The woman watched me take a bite

Oh honey you must be hungry

We are preparing a special meal

Don’t fret

You bought us a great gift 

Now it’s time we pay our debt

The table started to rumble 

I jumped up quick

Leah where are you 

Don’t be silly boy she’s in the back

Being prepped for the main course

What have you done ?

Oh honey don’t worry

She will make a good main dish

With a side of onion and potatoes

Now sit boy !

My body obeyed

Something came over me

My migraine turned into a blinding pain

I blinked in and out of consciousness

What felt like 20 minutes turned into hours

As she fed me and fed me

Her voice rang

It’s on the house baby…

In those eyes

Step back

For a moment 

Everything is quiet

Eyes closed shut

Tight and snug

Your breath is steady

Your mind is spiraling

Your hair on your neck

Your hair on your arms

Stand at attention

Clutching your fist

Relaxing your finger tips

A warmth starts to drown you

Rose gold beams of light

Cascade on your skin

Open your eyes…

Your fantasy has taken form

In front of you

You reach out to touch

Your hands sturdy

Your legs aren’t 

You fall to the ground

Pain

Flows through the body

Like rivers and streams

Yours fingers

Gone numb

Your mouth

Fixed open

Your nightmare has manifested

Where your fantasy once stood

You close your eyes

Pleading for that

Warmth in rays

But those eyes

Saw your last breath

Yourself…