Evil Ones

© Jazzy Olives

You are the one who talks

To the spirits in the night

You are the one who has visions

Of real, live sugarplums and fairies

You are the one who listens to the voices

And what they tell you to do to me and our family

Did they tell you to turn the stereo on

In the middle of the afternoon?

While I was the only one here.

Did they tell you

To open the closet door

When everyone but me was sleeping?

Mother, go away.

You're the reason the evil ones

Never leave me alone.

Mother, go away.

You're why

I don't sleep at night

I lay awake

Listening.

The covers pulled up to my chin.

Listening.

Watching.

You're the only one who can

Make

Them Stop.