Have you ever seen the shadows dance
between the cracks in the wall?
have you focused your eyes
into that small hole in the garden wall?
Have you seen it?
Were you afraid?
There is something strange and creepy
and it is always something you hate

Have you ever seen the shadows dance
when you invite a stranger into your house?
have you seen how gullible you are
when they knock on your door?
have you left them alone to fetch them some water
have you forgotten your son and your daughter?
have you wondered if it is your fault
when they vanished away into the night?

Have you ever seen the shadows dance
when the flute played in the streets
when the rats followed the pied piper
and vanished into a whiff of mist?
did you remember to pay the piper his due?
Have you ever seen the shadows dance
when the piper took your children away?

(c) 2017 Allen W. Simpson
Inspired by the Pied Piper of Hamelin . I have written about this theme before, a poem called Reeds, but that poem is about a different theme. Feel free to click on the highlighted words to read more… pleasant dreams…