everyone was sleeping
sleeping soundly
when i awoke laughing
laughing loudly
some parts are hazy
the memory’s cloudy
i heard no cries
for i was howling

the thing of it is
i do not sleep
my eyes stay open
when i dream deep
i accidentally stayed
but didn’t make a peep
and witnessed my body
bound and leap

now something’s stuck
between my teeth
and i smell blood
everytime i breathe
see here, something dark
in my nails underneath
and an unsettling silence
along the streets

-m.p. 12/10/2016