Tagged: nightmares

in the middle of

in the middle of
the night, we
deal with sudden
pain the only way we know
how – Vivienne, screaming
at the top of your
fifteenth-month-old
lungs for ten minutes
at a quarter to two
makes as much
sense as any
while the rest of us lie
achingly still
in the dark, perhaps
hoping to be picked up
.
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one in eight children

one in eight children
are traumatized by
that early morning
realization of missing
the school bus. it
still sneaks into
our slumber, the
mechanical stop-
sign arm, that air
brake sigh, the
unmistakable
national school
bus chrome,
shrinking in
the distance
.
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there are a few settings

there are a few settings
they don’t tell you about
when you close your eyes –
whether you prefer
first- or third- person
for example, the ability
to control the scene, rewind
to an earlier version of the
dream, et cetera. if you
are not particular, the last
five minutes will be
accompanied by a
default Bartók track
and, nine times out of
ten, your body will feel
like it’s being chased
right into the light
.
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your hands are

your hands are
masters of
disguises, discovered
this morning, still
resting
in the
shape of a dream-
catcher
, waiting
for the first
rays of sun
to relieve them
.
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