Sleeping Beauty

Stone Faces, The Old Customs House, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Sleeping in on a Saturday
Dimly aware of the presence beside me
Who kept me awake long after bedtime
Who jostled me awake throughout the night
Tossing in her dreams
Rising for a trip to the bathroom
Snuggling in with her stale perfume
As she’s just done
Tousled hair in my face
Tickling my nose
Along with her morning breath

Wide awake, now
Thinking I have never slept better
With this beautifully disturbing presence
Sharing the bed
Which was so peacefully quiet
And lonely
For so long

The Old Custom House
Britannia Beach
British Columbia, Canada, 2015