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I am a girl. Every morning

I choose carefully how to dress,

but I like it best when

my clothes don’t matter.

Where I live, it is still cold.

Are you pockmarked by winter?

Is pockmarked a word

you’ve ever heard before?

What is your favorite time of day?

What is your favorite thing

about morning? If you have slept

for many days, when you wake,

does it feel like morning no matter

what time it is? When you are

very hungry, do you eat too fast?

If you found me picking berries,

would you brush me aside

or would you carry me off somewhere?

Do you think about problems

while you sleep? Sleeping is

when bones grow. Sleeping is

to love the dark. I love it so much

I want to be it, for a while,

then I wake up. Did you know

that dolphins sleep with half their brains?

Because of breathing.

Because of sharks.

Because they are mammals

but water is their home.

Have you been pulled asleep

from your home and put back

near to where you were but not exactly?

Did it seem like a dream?

from Little StrangerFind it in the library

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Olstein
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on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in Lisa Olstein Poems

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