It’s hard to dislike anyone while they’re sleeping.

If you are cynical about people,

be with strangers as they sleep.

Roll up trouser legs and sleeves, treat pain,

cover with blankets, step away. Repeat.

When your soul is lonely, when you’ve lost your anchor,

lean in to speak in whispers, in gestures,

in silent rocking laughter.

If you struggle with trust,

remain alert among the resting.

Watch over the slack-jawed, the heavy-lidded

drowsing through sirens and city buses

braking twenty feet away on East Broadway.

If you think that you are no good

inadequate, never-ever enough,

softly wake someone you’ve just met,

send them off slow and smiling

and welcome in the next one

to heal both of you

This story was posted on June 21 2011 by Lisa B..

Comments

  • June 22 2011 at 12:07 AM
    Guest writes:

    lovely

    more poetry…more poetry!

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  • June 22 2011 at 6:41 AM
    Spartacus writes:

    that’s awesome smile

    that’s awesome smile

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  • June 22 2011 at 8:53 AM
    Nora writes:

    gorgeous!

    Thank you.

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  • June 22 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Diana writes:

    Thank you, I love this!

    & it would look beautiful on my clinic wall, with attribution, of course.

    Would that be OK?

     

     

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  • June 22 2011 at 10:35 AM
    suzzanne.lohr writes:

    beautiful!

    Little Bird Community Acupuncture

    Washington, DC

    http://www.littlebirddc.com

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  • June 22 2011 at 10:43 AM
    MMDobson writes:

    Me too!
    MM 

    Me too!

    MM 

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  • June 22 2011 at 11:39 AM
    MichelleRivers writes:

    sweet

    What a sweet good morning as I start my day in clinic. Thanks.

    - Michelle Faucher

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  • June 22 2011 at 5:34 PM
    clnap writes:

    beautiful. smile 

    beautiful. smile 

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  • June 22 2011 at 10:39 PM
    gabe writes:

    perfect

    what a great thing to read right at the end of an amazing busy shift…each sleeping patient who had told me the woes of especially their work days making me grateful that my workday consists of making theirs better by helping them fall asleep to the sounds of traffic/ocean waves ...

     sigh. thanks.

     Gabe - WCA-Hillsdale

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  • June 22 2011 at 11:07 PM
    Lisa B. writes:

    yes absolutely!

    (thank you!)

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  • June 22 2011 at 11:08 PM
    Lisa B. writes:

    more than ok -

    ...thanks for appreciating.

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  • June 22 2011 at 11:09 PM
    Lisa B. writes:

    Coming right up.

    Coming right up.

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  • June 22 2011 at 11:20 PM
    Karen Wilson writes:

    Beautiful

    At the end of a long day these words brought a smile and a deep, needed breath.

      0 likes
  • July 18 2011 at 2:45 PM
    magiesong writes:

    right on sister!

    right on sister!

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