Thursday, June 23, 2016

help in the night

getting ready for the next round

I think that my psyche needs regular maintenance.

While I’m awake, I send scouting expeditions
back along the paths that I feel 
might have led to a feeling,  to a mood,
all very left-brain and rational,
also often revelatory of which part of my clockwork
works to make me tick this way or that.

In sleep, I can also work hard, maybe harder,
and to change the metaphor,
to knit those “raveled sleeves of care,”
last night, in a kind of dreaming, 
I worked for hours on some issues
I never quite consciously grasped,
yet in the morning I felt better for the work,

physically and psychically, I imagine teams of helpers
swarming around me in between rounds,
working to ready me to face the next bout.

by Henry H. Walker
June 21, ‘16

1 comment:

Renee said...

I, too, think there is help in the night. I appreciate your writing about it. It made me feel less an oddity. And reassured of your own needs met by night time inner helpers.