What Flies in Sleep

From cliffs of fall.

rocky hill on sea shore against starry sky

A question for the father, of forgiveness
and fear, content as any eye that knows
it cannot see, invents an answer, always
yes, we will find the gate and it will be
unbolted. Don’t worry, once the bug
is dead you can do no harm, so let
the finale let the lamp come and beam.
It was not night reminding of burials.
It wasn’t the veil or the dress but
the body inside, revealing itself
after removal to be an animated


Inspired by a line from Gerald Manley Hopkins.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

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