When I’m alone they come to me
Drinking coffee or drinking tea
A purring cat upon my knee
That’s when they come near
The characters live in my book
This writing task I’ve undertook
Talk loud! My ears won’t overlook
Speak so I may hear
They talk to me and no one else
They talk of heavens and of hells
I bask in tales of sights and smells
Whisper in my ear
Their drama, lives, their joys and pains
Their comforts, fears, stress and strains
They weep of losses, cheer at gains
Stay true, yet sincere
In the silence of my workroom
Am I writer? Do I presume?
Am I me or my nom de plume?
Pacify my fear
Write it in my book. Their story
They soothe, confess, curse and worry.
“Softly” she said, “Damn it!” swore he
Closer please, draw near
Long time no see — tell me what’s new
Dragons we slay, feelings subdue
A soft knock. “May I disturb you?”
Boom! They disappear.
© Howard Pell 2020. This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license.