Watching You Sleep

Then, the cool kindliness of sheets that soon smooth away trouble…~Rupert Brooke,

for Rebecca

 

Silence

 

 

silence

settles around

the dress left

on the floor

seeps into the sheets

making them damp

 

incense smoke rises.

 

 

 

 

 

Falling

 

 

Your lips barely moving

 

“What is it you say under your breath?”

 

fine twitches run the length

of your body

displacing certain

 

shadows.

 

 

 

Open Window

 

The small

proboscis

of a night

 

insect

penetrates

your skin;

 

supple

moist

yielding

 

the tiny

drop of

 

red

 

making

your skin

 

whiter

 

 

 

 

Eyes heavy

 

 

Dozing

off to

sleep

my mouth

finds

 

your

 

areola

 

 

 

 

Sleeping

 

Like two crescent moons

spooning

  a sleeping mudra[1]

 

 breath of night

through an open window

 linen drapes flutter

two prayer flags—

 

 

“What is it that you pray for?”

 

 

 

Open window 2

 

gentle

warm

rain

 

 

blue

gray

 

incense

smoke ascends

 

swirls —

 

 

Night blossoms

 

 

 

Dawn

 

In the purple

ribbon of bird

 

song a dragon-

fly drinks dew

from prayers

 

inscribed

on the temple

bell ­— awakened

 

you and I

 

face to face

the first smile

of the first

 

day of

the first day

 

of this reborn

                   world.

 



[1] motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

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