Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Sleep

by Rick Robinson


last night i dreamt of you
sitting on a tree swing
your legs outstretched
your smile fading into the late summer air
soft giggles floating on a vibe of honey...
 
then you faded and were gone with the dull pop
of a wet bubble
 
why do i dream these things,
these made up memories?
like a teenage fetish of gangling awkward symmetry...
i ask the question spoken dead into the pitch black midnight room
but the ceiling only covers me...like a coffin lid
 
i struggle to bed down again and fragments of colour
fight for clarity as the wires cross in the pull of sleep
and then you're there again, swinging, and i try to speak
to say 'i love you' but my chest constricts with steel ribs
 
but i can see you, i can smell your hair, you're so close
almost touching and a question forms unbidden and escapes
'do i dream in colour or are you just a pigment of my imagination?'
but no laughter comes;
 
sleep; tiny fragments of death; night trips into the void
where do i go? some place between two heart beats and I'm dead.
 

Added: 29.04.2011

Judges' comments on this poem

04.05.2011

Still a good poem.

09.05.2011

I really liked this poem, I like the duel tone of whimsy and bleakness. The imagery is very strong. I enjoyed it.

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