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To Sleep

by Matthew Zangen

The right time
hangs on
the throat
like a pulse,
wheezing whimpers
between us, bleeding
sleep on weeping
stomachs, starved and shaking
fingers pleading hair
to a better place,
where we wonder
where we've been,
wandering in worship
of familiar sounds,
broken and gifted,
taken, like a pulse
from our throats,
hanging on
the right time
for a whimpered while


Posted on 09/26/2018
Copyright © 2020 Matthew Zangen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 10/08/18 at 03:34 PM

"wandering in worship /of familiar sounds" I once heard that we tend to silently repeat the same words and phrases over and over to ourselves. I've been doing that this morning, waking with the lines from a song I heard on the radio and at church. With your lines (above) I think you have put your fingers on a common human pattern. Thanks for sharing, Matthew.

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