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The land of Nod \


By Autumnsunshine10 on 11/15/2014
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I wrote this after an incredibly vivid nightmare I had...

I remember the night when innocence
Was killed in an unspeakable offense.
Our quiet small town would never be the same -
People all over the state would speak our names
In hushed tones like, "Don't let that happen to you";
A cautionary tale - sad, but all too true.
But that night, not knowing what lay ahead,
We sneaked out, when we should've been in bed;
Something Daisy and I did frequently -
Meet in the park under our favorite tree.
We sat and laughed about nothing much at all,
Our voices too loud to hear their footfalls.
Two versus two, but it wasn't a fair fight...
They took us by surprise on a moonless night;
But we put up the struggle of our young lives,
'Til they subdued us with the points of their knives.
I stared at the sky, willing darkness to come
Down over me, to suddenly make me numb...
It didn't, but dogwood blossoms filled the air,
As its petals drifted to land in my hair.

Walking home after, Daisy and I swore
We'd keep it a secret forevermore.
The rest of the way, she didn't say a word,
When she usually chattered like a bird.
I thought we'd be fine; I should've known better,
But Daisy told all in her final letter.
She had named names, so of course, mine was one;
Police came to tell me what she had done.
They questioned me gingerly, but still I cried -
Confronted by the truth, with nowhere to hide;
When I admitted that Daisy's words were true,
They told me I was the bravest girl they knew.
Now I know it's a lie, what I once heard said,
That two can keep a secret if one is dead;
But I'm grateful for Daisy's last legacy...
She lifted the burden of shame off of me.

*I know it's supposed to be, "Three can keep a secret if two are dead." But I used poetic license, considering the narrator's a teenage girl, who's more prone to misquote. Besides, it fits perfectly this way.

? By Autumnsunshine10 On 11/15/2014 4:06:26 PM
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