Soul eaters

they will try to take your soul
for what?
a petty promotion
over you
or maybe they’ll lean long
on you
sure I can do this
for a little while
you think
while plotting escape
as they crank on
how wonderfully great
they really are
as they seep
trying to get
in you
soul eaters need easy ears
to pour their thin thoughts in
strong shoulder to stand on
ideas to bolster their own
their self status does not come
from within
any deep place
sense of self
so need a stepping stone
to confirm their sense
of place in the world
no matter
how much your protest
this soul
is not for sale
your presence confirms
never forget that
if you stick around
you will be worn down
that’s how erosion works
on stepping stones

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