Before I Sleep

When it’s dark

and my mind is circling the drain

ready to recharge

You lay next to me and breathe

into my hair

I hear you’re sighs and

coos

and when you finally drift off into sweet slumber

your muscles jolt

as if releasing all of the energy they had

that you didn’t get to expel during the day

And you holding

as you flop about

extending a leg suddenly

shoulders shaking on their own

a string puppet being

manipulated by a phantom

and I lay there

fireworks going off in your body

at peace

knowing that you’re sleeping soundly

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