Sleep Walker (a draft)

The body is awake

but the mind is somewhere

else

but where is it?

There are no trails of breadcrumbs

to find my way back to the beginning.

No cruel mother or father to run away from

or blame my worst behaviors on.

There’s just the road ahead of me that goes for miles

and miles and miles and miles

and further more towards more concrete

and gray.

So much gray.

 

It would be so much easier if it were just black and white

but it’s all houses made of candy with witches inside, hungry,

waiting, and even villains have learned patience, the one

virtue I have yet to find within me

that I had to tattoo it on my arm

but I look straight ahead

to miles and miles and miles of road

and what trails behind me

are unheeded signs and the remnants of loss.

 

The body is awake but the mind is

not still.

It’s not here amongst the skyscrapers

or the rain

or the fractured heart

that’s somewhere at the beginning

still.

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