Come on, you who remembers your dreams who acts upon them in this world Come you who I often and silently call so that I may be with you Come and sustain me and I will sustain you with what sustenance I have with the curls of revolutionary quiet with lovely baroque convolutions of thought Come make with me a baby of both of us A new and separate being with brothers & sisters born & unborn Who we will meet and recognize as time progresses we know not How Yet isn't that the Beauty of it late into the nights early in the Day sleeping and waking when apart not separate for the distant vibrational hum if I listen under the earth lets me listen to myself The Full Register of the Earth and all Musics of the Spheres the waters we have within each other and all around the very air Share our perceptions Respect our quiets Heal our hurts throats and necks backs and hearts Protect to Open Make a new life For those around us fully and for those To come To come To
From The Sleep That Changed Everything by Lee Ann Brown. Copyright © 2003 by Lee Ann Brown. Reproduced by permission of Wesleyan University Press. All rights reserved.
Lee Ann Brown
Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, as well as Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 2000), which won the 1996 New American Poetry Competition.
Date Published: 2003-01-01
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