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When In Slumber

Updated on April 24, 2017

I watched as you drift off to sleep

Your sensuous mouth opens slightly to expel breath

The slight pursing of full lips

strong shoulders now relaxed in complete trust

A smile dimples your otherwise masculine features

I gently brush hands across angular face

Even in sleep recognition

As subconsciously you reach for feminine hands tiny in comparison

Curling it gently across your chest, never waking

And in that instant, love, more complete

I watch as you in deepest slumber, restless


The parting of your lips again as you inhale

cotton sheets cover masculine form

My hands still held tightly against smooth skin

As off to sleep, I drift

And I in wonderment question, how in sleep your heart exposed

It is in these hours between wakefulness and sleep

awareness of how you pretend

Your casual play of strength you show in wakefulness

But here in this time you are far weaker than I

I'm comforted by the thought

You in sleep show your true self

A vulnerability not shown while awake

As I drift sleep forcing heavy lids to close

I sigh in contentment I am loved

The gentle warming light beckons through open windows

I run my hand across cooling sheets searching for you

Shy now awareness, here in the glow of early morning

Meeting eyes filled with laughter

I lowering shadowed ones

Laughter mimics as eyes leery looks for confirmation

A whispered endearment, a gentle kiss

Reverts me to weakened form

"Woman, you are beautiful in slumber".

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      Juliet Stewart-Austin 11 months ago from San Antonio, TX.

      I will do just that, I read some of your writing, I was too shy to comment, but, I will henceforth.

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      junko 11 months ago

      Juliet, for another small glimpse, go to my profile and read, An Underclass Backward View of Katrina.

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      Juliet Stewart-Austin 11 months ago from San Antonio, TX.

      junko, Congratulations to you and your wife I wish you many such happy returns. You brought tears to my eyes with the tiny glimpse into your love story and I find it gives me pleasure. I would love to read it in its entirety, as for the encouragement, again thank you.

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      junko 11 months ago

      Today my wife and I celebrate 46 years of marriage. In the time we have been together she spoke to me your poem. She spoke it in bite size pieces many mornings after she watched me sleep. Write on writer ,this co-signs the love experience shared by billions worldwide.