November 26, 2010

Awaken Shaken

Awaken Shaken

By John R. Greenwood

Swallowing hard, pains like a pine-branch

caught halfway down

Sweaty shivers and throbbing temples bring back

memories of school days missed long ago

Peeled back blankets reveal hesitant bodies and

wobbly legs whimpering to return

Ice filled ginger-ale glass soothes a

crusty fire-coated throat

Returning to bed I curl up and burrow deep like a

winter-ready black bear