after Gerry Murphy
I lay awake under the lone star
green light on my face
I can turn the minutes into days
that measure the distance
til the moment of your smile.
You, somewhere laying awake also,
are always just out of reach.
Always an hour, a hand,
a state of mine, ahead.
(Yet, the punchline -
actually a year behind.)
Restless I switch sides
leaving the left and
settle right where your body
I cloak myself in the sweatshirt
of your memory, burying my face
in the water that leaks from me
and dive into the reservoir of reverie.
My skin tingles with the echo of thunder.
My cheek with the cool of breeze.
My lips reminisce about the hiss
of rain falling softly through trees.
And though, I'm not entirely sure
whether this cerebral cinematography
is a dream or mixed up memories,
it's a beautiful picture.
Myself, sailing across an ocean
like the sea warrior I used to be -
before I became landlocked
before I left what is dearest to me -
but the salty hydrogen and oxygen
In my vessels, the rose
of the compass always points North
and though I wade through nautical imagery
my heart doesn't belong to the sea.
It is where there are Adriondack lakes and rivers,
It is where deep brown water encompasses me.
And it's blessed FACT!
not fiction, that sings me to sleep.