one time i was sad
and another time
so, so sad
i couldn’t tell the difference
between any-
or another thing


i thought of waking
then thought better
didn’t have the strength to dream
stars glued to the ceiling
and shrank and
pulled away from me


after i lost sight of them
i tumbled through a
trap-door floor
where you were
and your eyes
your mouth
o, even your cold heart
were melting


something told me
to ask
if you could show me
the way out
but something else
--i’m guessing you—
“leave him alone”