Lay Down


lay down, lay down your

whispering mind, your

troubles will speak when there is time


just about when dawn drowns

the quiet peace, it

knows no hours,

tirelessly


also, love

come slightly awake

before the quietude

sleeps earthquake


do no steal

the name of snow;

pick your memories

slow, slow


the day erect stands

whitened aglow;

no-light storms through the doors and windows


secret silence dreams unwind

counting backward

the wheels aligned


speak the thought

in tears you'll find

slumber, sorrows,

a bottle of wine


come one, come one

come one more to me


we said goodnight

to the fever dream


the pinkened sky

no, never bleeds

no minutes pressing

themselves into being


stumble stumble stumble

stumbling

the drowzy tree

conceals the wing;

passenger pigeon flies

home again


come one come one

come one more to me

you, sweet island,

and i, the sea


lay down lay down

the shouting inside

awaken now

all tears have dried


lay down lay down, come to me

lay down lay down, and come



Words by Allegra Chabay. 2005



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