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graveyard shift

graveyard shift

Posted June 25th, 2018 by Alaska

by alaska
in bed

a lull of quiet washed the room clean,
white walls now purple from the night.
lights from outside leave their long fingers on the surface of her skin,
a soft glow on a gentle brain.

i hear her breathe,
swayed by the softness of her exterior,
fluids trickling into her blood;
every drop emits a soft beep.
i used to be bothered by its harshness,
but it has become a requiem to her nights.

“please don’t fall asleep,” i speak to her quivering eyelashes,
slow whispery breaths, like she is dreaming.
“please stay up a little longer,”
like when we were kids,
and her tired eyes would smile patiently at my requests.

but i know this is no night to drift off to;
i ask her heart to stay awake,
i ask her brain to coax more blood through its veins.
i ask her lungs to show oxygen the way,
through its twisted corridors,
winding into rooms.

i hope they will not doze off on their night shift,
catch her at the wrong moment, when she is not paying attention.
i ask that her muscles rest but her cogs still turn.


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holy gods above i love it so

holy gods above i love it so much

Posted by Stormy on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 09:25
thank you

thank you

Posted by alaska on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:54
lights from outside leave

lights from outside leave their long fingers on the surface of her skin,

mmh that imagery

i used to be bothered by its harshness,
but it has become a requiem to her nights.

god i love your poetry so much

Posted by Cherrybomb on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 01:12
thanks! it's cool to see you

thanks! it's cool to see you on here again

Posted by alaska on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:54
ahh i love this so much its

ahh i love this so much its heartbreaking in such a quiet way. ive missed your poetry so much 

Posted by on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 18:54
thank you

thank you

Posted by alaska on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:54

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