Sleeping in a Crowded Bed

Your clinging companion,

Your forever worsening pain

brushes against me laying awake

like something has joined us

in bed driving you deeper

deeper into your despair

and my deepening helplessness

I lay awake listening to you sobbing

You trying to ignore the throbbing

Of your malevolent muscles locked

like gritting teeth under foreign skin,

pulling your neck tight, a fisherman’s knot

of sinew and fiber, gripping you and even me

me by the heart and you to your very being.


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