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Poetry – Unwaking

June 7, 2011

Unwaking

*

Eye lids rusted shut to slits

never to move again and only seeing

two desolate lines of grey.

Not even his lungs stir to breathe

when the panic sets in.

His mind rails thoughts and actions

to every muscle and limb but only those

grim grey shutters on his eyes remain.

No pulse and no breath.

No visions besides the oily dark

machinations warping in his skull.

*

Panic subsides with time

but there is no time left to count

in this eternal moment.

His thoughts become his world and

the absence of existence and its complexities

defeats confusion. With no more

treacheries from his mind and dreams

life’s mysteries become clear.

Simplicity dominates and for a while

this feels more tangible and corporeal,

than anything he has felt before.

*

But the feeling can’t last. He is just residue

left in a device. A half life

when all else has died.

His new world defeated sleep and death

and without these retreats

he must write his own dreams that are at best

clumsy patch-worked memories.

A brain reduced to a toy and a single

memory of sleep the only inspiration

to make his thoughts beat as heavy

as his heart might have once.

*

AJG

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