syncopated chills

ny syncopated
heartbeat shook
the cover off
and i woke cold
in a tangle of
half remembered
dreamcoral as the
sun broke between
the slats to tint
the darkness with
a sickly penumbra
the lingering
tendrils of sleep
in an exhaustion
of desperations
as i clawed at the
hazy haunting of
my hollow cathedral
a corruption of
peace in stabbing
little needles of
anxious awakening
and the new day
promises only more
uneasy acceptances
of a fool time has
promptly erased in
the disregard of
syncopated notes
and quiet exaltations
on a cool morning
as the sun rises
to burn away this
carefully woven web
of unanswered pleas


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