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Sleeping (after Delvaux)

Some dream together,
lie sideways facing in.
Right hand placed on the other’s head,
left on hip they slip deep into sleep.
They don't have the same dream
but characters and places are shared.
They rise as one, hands clasped,
gazing at the empty street
where people chase shadows
as they flow slowly past.
Later they'll speak of vague places
they would once have visited,
even though still sleeping.

6 Dec 17

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