local_library Awakening

by Stephanie Smith

Published in Issue No. 232 ~ September, 2016

You’re addicted to the sound of awakening:

white-walled rooms, these Sunday afternoons

that offer up illusions and pungent perfumes


where clouds manifest into lullabies—

the promise of placid dreams that drip

from the morning’s maternal lips


where the sky is serene—

crisp and clean like a blank canvas,

a quartz crystal clarity that lets you see the future

once blinded by the Sandman’s gritty glitter dust,

now alive and screaming

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Stephanie Smith's debut poetry collection, "Dreams of Dali", is available from Flutter Press. Her work has appeared in such publications as Strong Verse, Red River Review, Forge, Poetry Quarterly, and Third Wednesday. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.