the veil is thinner in october

the veil is thinner she said.
with dia de los muertos
& samhain, our ancestors
felt that thinning too, & drove
shadows deeper with bonfires
to celebrate the dead that love us,
they say, but more to chase
the dead that don’t
deeper into night
& away from children.

the veil is thinner.
we have seen on the edge
of side vision
how they reach for flesh
with hungry fingers,
but we still tell our children
not to fear the dark.  who knows
what their eyes, fresher than ours
see to run from?

the veil is thinner–
less veil & more spider web;
intricate, loosely woven,
easily walked through
or brushed away.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to the veil is thinner in october

  1. Trent Lewin says:

    There is something slightly ominous about this poem.

  2. worrying – I find bits that resemble african traditional religions here – where the spirit world is barely at the border of the village limits – a world that dreads bonfires and light and where footless spirit dance through the air!

  3. Green Speck says:

    The veil thinning away …. that’s scary !!!

  4. This reminds me of Goethe’s “The Invisible King” about a child who is killed by a spirit his father cannot see as they are riding through the woods.

  5. Hello, Suzy Q! I really like this. I always appreciate your subtlety. I love how you mention how we tell children not to be afraid, in spite of our own phobias and how we internalize that. Very eerie!

  6. I think the veil is thinner —great write Susan

  7. nelle says:

    Love it… it has this feel of being slightly out of phase, same direction, but something isn’t quite right with the world. It reminds me of a song, not spooky, just…a bit out of phase with what you’d expect.

    Well done.

  8. I KNOW THIS AS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE SUSAN, IT IS THINNER. I SEE MY MAMA AND SISTER OFTEN.

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