Saturday, October 17, 2015

Just Not Today for Witches in Fiction 2015

"Degree Orbs"
Jim McKenzie

Just Not Today

The need was there.
I knew you could feel it
beyond the Veil.
The leaving had been abrupt,
unexpected, life shattering.
The one left behind...lost,
on the verge of following.
Unreachable in her grief,
even for you.
So, you reached,
I was there.
"It's not her time,"
you whispered.
"Tell her,"
you demanded 
from your place
in Eternity's dimension.
Weeks, she had no will.
Sat when we sat her.
Stared at the food
placed before her,
put to bed like a child.
Softly, I kept repeating your message to her.
She would not hear.
On a moonlit night,
I invoked your name.
This, she heard.
Slowly she rejoined us.
Yet, we could always see
the empty spot 
in her heart
that once
was you.
On a morning full of Spring sunshine
she spoke of a dream.
An Orb of brightest, whitest light
had awakened her.
It had hung in the air
above the jumbled covers
of loneliness.
With lively eyes,
she described the feelings
of calm,
of love
that held her in an embrace
that felt so familiar.
With all her heart,
she knew that it had been you.
She began to truly live again,
to put back on the mantle
of mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.
The tasks were many
for this matriarch of a growing family.
Days, years passed,
 we all became older, wiser.
Sometimes her gaze would be far away,
 a sad, gentle smile would tug at her lips.
I would know then that you were still with her.
And, I knew that you could not stay forever,
that one day I would have to send you home...
just not today.

This was for Magaly Guerrero's Witches in Fiction 2015.
The beautiful art work can be found here: