In Bed on a Cold Afternoon (It’s too early to sleep)

Pale fingers; transparent crookedly-cut nails,

Touch cold cheeks as they softly pet


Bringing back life

A face that stretches in a gasping yawn

Maw open wide and emitting


A spread of strands, twisted and knotting

As they slowly soak the pillow underneath

Dampen the ears and clasp the neck

Bright pink nose is rubbed with a closed fist –

Trying to keep it


Blankets are pulled so they

Cover frozen toes and

Curled up body

Drawing dreams in.



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