I Stayed Awake

Stillness and stars

I forgot all except complacent words

resting a little less within warring thoughts

out of breath from believing in the wreckage

and the worst was I slept

through the awakening

of my soul

drifting out to be carried in

I scared the life out of myself


Each breath

longed only to prolong

to rescind transformation

deprive dreams of their quiet clarifications


I stayed awake


…lullabies composed of images

one day patiently

to capture me

Carrie Gilbert 2018


Carrie Gilbert 2018  


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