Tuesday, October 28, 2008


words fall down

a child, sleepless, moves
from book to book, fending off
night terrors with compulsive
turning of the pages

each book falls down

striking the floor,
followed by footsteps,
thud thud thud
to the bookshelf
for another dose of word medicine

her eyes fall down

stealthily, but she catches them
propping them resolutely back up
on her words, forbidding
her body from becoming traitor,
selling out to a deceiving sleep

Rachel Westfall
October 28, 2008

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