Down to the Shore

Please go to sleep, dear child
Do not go down to the shore
We have locked the doors and windows
But so have parents before

Do not leave your bed, little one
Where you are safe and warm
I know that you hear the song
Calling you into the rising storm

I have heard what calls you there
I remember my childhood thrall
A voice that spoke over my dreams
Until I awoke only feet from the shore

We both miss childhood friends
Who walked into the dark swell
They will not return to us
Where they went, the sea will not tell

We are both so tired, my child
I cannot keep you safe with me
But if I wake and find you gone,
I will follow your footprints into the sea.

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