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LOST IN SLUMBER


Awaken from dreams
In a stage one sleep fog
Pour a cup of coffee
Praying to come to life

As the mist remains
I read Walter Benton
A poet from 1944
Who wrote the book "MY BELOVED"

The coffee goes down throat
As Missy Elliot on MTV
Reminds this poet it's 2007
While the jazz of 1944 stays

Eyes needs that 15 minutes of sun
For the slumber to lift
Rocco and Rachel, my birds, chirp
Happily in the corner of the ceiling


We are all trapped in dusk
Until curtains open
Sampson and Mikkayla arise
From dog dreams on eggplant-colored couch

All of you are there
In my dreams
Those dead and alive
I am searching for you

In deep sleep you are whole
Living inside the rooms
Driving big SUV's
Together in the REM dozing

I do not forget you
Jack and Joanne Sturtevant
Granny Helen next door
Ti Ling barking as I come to the threshold

Michael was there
I searched for him in college
Roaming halls semi-lost
To a choir practice

My golden boy
I try to catch up with
Walk by classrooms where
Poetry is taught out loud

The university of life and dreams
Is where I learn what matters
In slumber death goes blank
I am found in the sunshine of you all.


3/19/2007 1600 cj







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