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They Say You Lay Sleeping

A Poem by:

Roger B. Humes

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they say you lay sleeping,

underneath the hill,

sword laid across your chest

above your beating heart

points toward the north star


(she sits alone within the castle

of her mind where the walls are as cool

as the chill of her sadness

while she watches the sunset fade

from crimson to the darkness

that she views as the sum of her days)


they say you lay sleeping,

the rock rolled back from the tomb,

the women gathered to watch

where your body lies quiet

mocked by the name of god


(she searches your body

to see if the wounds have healed

before she wanders onto the streets

to find if any remember the time

before your name slipped

from reality to legend and myth)


they say you lay sleeping

amidst the dust from where you came

and to where you now return,

the sword shattered like your promises,

the shroud imprinted for eternity

with the questions you left behind


(she waits by the gate,

her heart rendered to tatters,

her soul useless to anyone,

her emotions a scared deer

lost in the lamp before the hunter)


this is the legacy you have left her


they say you lay sleeping


Roger B. Humes
Copyright © 2003

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