Candy

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Candy

By Denise Marsh

“Take my hand”

You pleaded

Yelled…

Your voice

Strong

Certain

Soothing

I squinted…

Hesitation

Disbelief

Jaded heart

So darn dark…

And …

I could feel

The grip

The undertow

The confines of life

Pulling me

Into its quick sand.

Little time

To breathe

come to….

Out of your pocket

You pulled hope

A candy heart

Offered with a smile

A gleam in your eye.

Bitter thoughts

Encompassed my being

Chistled into my frame…

Gnawing into my brain.

Something.

someone..

Anything…

Stop this….

I wanted to cry

But my words

Made no sound.

You Whispered …

“Take the candy”.

Accept the sweet

Let go

And come back…

And I did

And the sweet

Sugar of life…

And the sand it did

Disappear.

The clenches of the earth  retreated

And I

Tasted the good

It was

Candy.