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Sleep Tight, Year of Waking

Late at night, caressed by nocturnal howls
I strode across streets of snow
A gentle tune whistled from my pockets
As the frosty breeze kissed my exposed nose

Knee deep in my final stand
I claimed old thrones that had forgotten me
An old professor who gave me hope
Taught me how to work a camera again

36 boneless wings and three Blue Moons
Fell down my throat as we finished the day
A noisy sports bar I'd only heard about
Was my safest haven in a frosty Spring

As legend upon legend passed me by
I finally met a travelling group
Inducted hastily and baptized by dragons
All twenty years older, but my closest friends

My hands held two victories; both long sought
The diploma representing five years and endless tears
And a credits sequence for an old game
I couldn't tell which meant more to me

So began my final Summer Vacation
Unwittingly and undesired
I searched for those who would take me
And found naught but shuttered doors

Summer's heat gave way to repetition
Each day bled together
Like endless drops of sweat mingling to form a greater one
My days dripped rapidly

I left humidity and oceans for mountains and dazzling vistas
And returned to hope gushing forth violently
And yet once more did the humidity sink me
My days dripped rapidly

The dreams began, vividly and painfully
As each failure led me further into my mind
A safer haven of harsher memories
Of craving the Reaper's touch to make life interesting

Blazing heat gave way to blistering cold
For I have stolen Autumn's in-between
Cold or hot; it's matters not
When my desk is above a vent

How much can I hate an anchor
When it's all that keeps me from floating away?
As the twin herobreakers that stalk the night
We could never truly understand, so we don't

And thus a year of dreams passes by
With no fanfare, as there are no frames of reference
My yearly review rings as hollow as its subject
So sleep tight, and may you never awaken again.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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