Bedtime Story

by Heide McAlister-Bates

Seeing you lying there
On the bed
Your left arm tucked under your head
Your right flung up and out
Hand dangling over the edge
Illuminated by the alarm clock
Glowing red
Left leg stretched straight as an arrow
Right bent slightly as if you’re taking a step
It brings to mind those outlines that the police
Spray around bodies lying cold and lifeless
On pavements
Not that I wish any harm to come to you.
Oh no – it makes me want to kiss you awake
To reassure myself
Then you breathe a sigh in your sleep and turn to me
Your left arm under your head
Your right arm flung over me,
Hand cupping my breast
Left leg trapping my thighs
Right leg stretched out straight as an arrow
I breathe a sigh of my own
As I drift to sleep
Wrapped in a shroud of


Posted on 01/20/2005
Copyright © 2020 Heide McAlister-Bates

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ann Krischus on 01/21/05 at 03:10 PM

this is great! love the imagery.

Posted by Michelle Floyd on 02/11/05 at 10:13 AM

This makes my silly little heart ache. Wonderful ending line.

Posted by Aaron Howard on 03/29/05 at 11:50 AM

I like this poem alot.. I love the flow.. I love the mental pictures it brings up.. almost as if I was... there.

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