In Confidence



I saw them too,

the people we told you

only you could see.

I watched them slam you against the walls,

felt your bones snap,

heard you cry for help.


As you crawled up the stairs

toward me,

arms outstretched,



I stepped back,

just a boy,

arms frozen at my sides

in love

and fear.


I saw them too,

the dead.


But that’s just between

you and me.