It’s only when you sleep and dream

It’s only when you sleep and dream
that I come and touch you.
I sing to you when you don’t hear it,
I trace your lines over and over again.
It’s only when you are not aware
that I come and caress your lips.
I lie by your side and smooth your dreams
and I cover your body with mine to keep you warm.

There will be time, I know,
when I won’t come again.
Each time I try to stay away
a little bit longer.

You won’t know I’ve stopped
sleeping beside you,
just as you don’t know now
that I come and share my love.

Alenka H., 2021

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