Robert Hiers


I Want to Watch You Sleep


I want to watch you sleep
watch you let go of the last small measure of control
Surrender the last notion of care –
Care for the watching and the watched

I want to hear your last exhalation of the day, and feel
you swallow the first cool liquid breath of night

In your last twitch of consciousness
you know that only I see you
and you smile a small sweet smile
and your lips surrender to me a final
barely yielding
kiss

Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2008

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