Poem Of The Week: I’m Awake, You’re Dreaming
I saw a girl sitting on a rock
crosslegged and covered in sand
she hallooed at me with drunken tones,
laughing, shrieking, cheeks red with mirth
her eyes sparkled blue and green
a glint of sadness seeping through,
she saw me and I smiled back
but I didn’t see her.
I approached and braved the sun
as this girl dipped her naked toes
into that cold and swirling ocean
where the chill could not faze her
and she threw back her head
with auburn locks and purple bows,
again I heard that throaty guffaw
which had so bewitched me from afar.
She raised a hand towards me
beckoning for I to join her
and gladly did I scramble up
atop that rock beside her
whose very identity I did not know,
but under a mesmerising spell I
found myself unable to resist
the lure of something quite so pure.
She pushed me back a little hard
and I’m sure that I saw stars,
but I didn’t care for here I lay
with her and I knew reality had nothing
on the dream which had so transfixed
my delicate, fragile soul as she
brushed away the strands of hair
and grinned a toothy grin.
Now so closely we’re entwined
I noticed in the fading light
a pattern of freckles upon her face
that seemed to spell a name
in another language I could not say,
and I wished that I had the guts
to be the person I was meant to be
and to love without condition.
The water’s rising fast
and the setting sun has dipped
behind these darkening clouds
but we are still here, lying
on that rock which long ago
had lost its warmth and comfort
and now neither of us can
brave the journey home.
She grabs my hand and pulling
suddenly we’re standing, swaying
on our feet we are just dancing
and whilst the waves grow closer,
I’m feeling their icy lick
yet she doesn’t say a word but
lets go and dives, her smile the last
I see before she disappears.
I saw her and she saw me
in our daylight dreaming where
we thought we were untouchable
and could not face the world ahead,
but I stand by what I felt that day
as she lay beside me laughing
and with a careless nod I knew,
I’m awake and you’re just dreaming.