Alarm

.
wake as much as possible
before you sleep

catch your breath while the sun’s up
when in February after a snow
everything’s so soaked with light
sleep is impossible
and all that’s left is to catch a day
by an hour and do-si-do
in incandescence

forget about sleep and dreams
forget the doldrums and
wake to what the crows caw
cackling over carrion

………wake

to the wind’s insistence that
moving-on is the way
the world works

………wake
………to its alarm

.
by Jim Culleny
1/28/12

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