making an impression

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

when I sleep I wonder
if those in the underworld
bother to look up

at the impression
in the thin membrane
that serves as the only support

for a scrawny outline
that shifts like
an air bubble in a water balloon

whenever my subconscious
picks up a cough
or a bit of conversation

from the other side
do they, as a matter of
curiosity, poke at the barrier

absently checking for whatever
one checks for
when someone does that

the way the elderly
check shrink wrapped cutlets
before remembering

that they forgot
something in the medicinal
aisle, moving on to leave me

to linger there
until sunlight reaches down
to lift me away

(c) 2013 Fred Whitehead

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