We Sleep

we sleep s

Dreaming of brightness–
in parallel lines we walk silent,
our unshadowed bodies
like paper cutouts against the night sky.

In parallel lines we walk silent–
there are truths, but we prefer to bend them.
Like paper cutouts against the night sky,
we can no longer define our direction.

There are truths, but we prefer to bend them
and let them grow unattended.
We can no longer define our direction
or what we mean when we say the word “why?”

Our unshadowed bodies
stand still as the world spins onward–
we do not know where or how, but we are
dreaming of brightness.

For Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, and linked to dVerse Open Link Night.

we sleep close up s

Another pantoum, with some fan shaped paper I found online.  Another aspect of the circle.


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42 responses to “We Sleep”

  1. Olga says :

    “There are truths, but we prefer to bend them.” This line struck me. Part of our psyche of denial and protection. Your poetry reflects on the human condition.

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  2. Sue Vincent says :

    Knowing that you are painting in circles at the moment, just seeing the title and this small fragment of the circle come up was symbolically perfect… even without the poem. And that too is stunning.

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  3. Jane Dougherty says :

    The painting makes me think of a world forest, mysterious, like the unshadowed bodies. I like this poem a lot. The walking and searching for brightness, contrasted with those shadows thrown by the stationary trees.

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is a lovely poem, I really enjoyed it.

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  5. merrildsmith says :

    I really like this pantoum. It is like a dream filled with profound truths that I can’t quite grasp. Yes, the circle, the shadows, the light coming through. . .images and words.

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  6. V.J. Knutson says :

    This really speaks to me – “in parallel lines we walk…”, “unshadowed bodies” – all so good.

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  7. Frank Hubeny says :

    Nice line: “there are truths, but we prefer to bend them” I like the “preference” part.

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  8. Mish says :

    So lovely. The idea of “unshadowed bodies” makes me think of the need for enlightenment.

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  9. rivrvlogr says :

    Photo, words, and art bring to mind the light at the end of the tunnel (the final tunnel).


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Oh I know well those parallel lines… maybe there is something like be lonely in a crowd.

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  11. Evelyn Flint says :

    Beautiful ink painting and poetry…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Sharon Mann says :

    Words of hope and such beautiful art making.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Poet Rummager says :

    Sleeping and dreaming bring us to another realm. Turn off the dial from reality at times to reconnect to what our mind can see beyond the physical. I love the mystical messages and art you’ve created.

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  14. anuragbakhshi says :

    Wow, that was so beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. pensitivity101 says :

    Your poem is wonderful.


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