Night

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Night

Which particular wind curls through this dream of mountains
and books left opened? One that flicks pages or shreds
leaves while caressing your cheek? Or another, damp
and limp from envy, barely ruffling the night’s
curtain? In your sleep I am none of these,
relegated instead to unseen tremors or
the chill rasp of sparked surprise, a
tune laid across an unmade bed
in spring, its notes cluttering
the score. Or might I be the
stilled motion, eyes closed
and held taut, creased as
if worn by a pocket’s
rub and frequent
unfolding? This
is your clock.
Continue
the lie.

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56 thoughts on “Night

  1. “In your sleep I am none of these,
    relegated instead to unseen tremors or
    the chill rasp of sparked surprise”

    I liked this…(it sparked a smile – how unsympathetic of me!)

    Frankly, I liked the whole thing.

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  2. As always, there is much that I don’t grasp fully…but ther is enough that I *intuit* to keep me in a revery of delight for quite a while…say a lifetime or so. In particular, “This is your clock. Continue the lie,” has me flummoxed. But being flummoxed is my usual way of going thru life, so what’s the big deal!

    Ron

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    • The clock could be a reference to that heightened sense of time one occasionally finds in a dream state, or maybe a nod to the seconds ticking down to the bottom of a dream immediately before the alarm buzzes. Or maybe it’s just a clock. 🙂 The narrators of some of my poems seem to lead much more exciting, emotionally challenged lives than I (which I’m grateful for).

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      • Now I get it! Why didn’t I think of Freud’s (possibly apocryphal) famous line — “Sometimes a clock is just a clock” ! Sheesh! I feel sooo stoopid! As for the “narrators,” another Freud quip, “Let them eat cake.”

        Ron

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      • And wasn’t it Freud who said “I’ll dance with him what brung me,” which is my fallback position on most things. But I swear he said “Let them eat crullers.” But what do I know? 🙂

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        • No, Robert…I’ve told you and told you. Not quoted entirely correctly, the saying was a quip of Darrell Royal (football coach — University of Texas), which you full well know! *hehe*

          No one knows who was the first to use the cruller line — certainly not Joan of Arc or Queen Marie Antoinette. The first definite usage in a written document was above one of the trays in an Austin, TX porno donut shoppe! Got it?!

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