awake

In the partly human, partly fungal state
between sleeping and waking
he abandons the tangled sheets,
dismisses the drama that knotted them,
pivots to a shadowy perch at the edge
of the bed. He wants to flex his limbs,
perhaps fly, perhaps astonish.
His feet numb, stumps: they could not
run, can hardly walk; the carpeted planks
are too cold and mindful:

elbows on knees,
hands cup forehead like golf ball on tee.
If he were sitting barefoot at the summit
of a mountain or on a beach at water’s edge,
he could have no less intent than at this
muddled instant in which the universe presents
no answer nor any question.

Step aside: light a cigarette, figure it out.

He does not light a cigarette; perhaps that
is the problem: he has no partly human, partly
fungal ritual to fall back on, no template for
action; perhaps if he nibbles
his fingernails (or a little fungus ) he will find
the path on which to stumble for the rest
of the night. Uncompromising horizontal
daylight brings clarity
sometimes.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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