Close the shutter of the eye at night
I wish I could
I can’t erase the fight I lost
In day against the dark that follows me
To overtake this toiling heart
And capture it again in mysteries
Annulment of a life not living
Lost to whist of why and wherefore
Stale of matters that can never mate
No progeny in this but knots
In holds still boiling to roll over
Bitterness to taste in testing fates again
And burn the furnace of such shames
That should have spent their heat
So long ago in learning
To let go and sleep
A way into a different waking
Walk a day in new away
From darkness leave the part
The past played way behind
And sleep tonight

© K Barr


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