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 poetry has appeared in such publications as STRONG VERSE, THIRD WEDNESDAY, FORGE, RED RIVER REVIEW, and FOLIATE OAK. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.