I watch over you as you sleep.

your face, peaceful in slumber,

is open, childlike and beautiful,

your hair burnished

by the candleís flame

to a shimmering gold.

both arms around me,

you bind me with a love

that fills up raw, empty places

and tempers the darkness within.


I can feel your breath against me

your heartbeat echoing my own,

steady, strong and constant.


you are my safe haven,

my harbor, my refuge;

all that I am or could ever

hope to be I owe to you.


your faith in me, your trust

is a gift I prize above all else,

and every night before I drift to sleep

I make this solemn vow:



© Ellie Maziekien


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