I sat up in bed last night,
drawing darkness around me
like a comforter.
It's okay, we've been sleeping together
for quite a while now.
There are times it sustained me,
as I pulled ever more of it
over my shoulders, or
greedily spooned it into me
until all of life’s color disappeared.
I wonder if you ever saw
my moon face gazing down on you
from the dark firmament
of your bedroom ceiling,
or maybe from your desk,
burning through your clouds
of doubt and fear. I see
your eyes from these perches,
sometimes fierce, sometimes sad,
always shining, either with spirit
But this isn’t my light shining on you.
It’s your light and that of all the others
that I reflect back from a
miraculously polished sense of self.
And when, finally, I fully open my eyes,
and pronounce myself present here,
I expect your lights to nourish
this once-dark soul, for good and all.
Posting this poem for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. This week it's being presented by my lovely friend, Natasha Head. Why don't you check out some of the other folks who have come to hear Tasha sing behind the bar tonight?