The Ghosts Around My Bed
I sleep my sleep hapless,
aching with each vision
housed and saved.
I die my death silently,
leaning further into the dull air,
seeing twice my desires perish
in the stillness of this doldrum eve.
I love my love lonely,
planting stones in the sink,
washing dishes at midnight.
I am tired of hope and of prayer,
tonight, I am a white mouse
drowning in an ocean of snow. I am lassoed,
trapped in litterbox-rooms. My toenails
are cracked and somewhere soon children
will wake energetically and rise,
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
.First published in “Creek Side Writing Forum” November 2015
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