if it comes
it comes with immediacy
the eyes sag
the body caves in
on itself
and for a brief moment
there is relief
all too brief
before being blown away
by the wind
that howls outside
my conscious door

Alica asleep

spread out
taking total possession
of the bed
her left foot
protruding from under
the sheets
even her mother
had given up
trying to cover
that errant foot
a smile lingers
on her face
as she dreams
of the man
she calls her own