Sonnet #256

I think I know what comes next for you,

You’ll lie awake at night, exhausted, unrested,

Dreaming of a world you can control at its best

And seeing around you all the shoestring and glue

That keeps a day together for you and yours

The signs all point to glory: ads sell beauty, grace

A pathway to material expression, all friends’ faces

smile in pictures where they give you tours

of lives best lived, and late at night the trembling

comes, the fears of work and unwork, the horror

of the next interactions with your own dissembling

I know – I know – I know that sleep’s a tremor

Passing in shadows, where dreams do no mending,

I say: Abandon These Dreams. Hope, Love — these feed no terrors.

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