ILLUMINATION
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ILLUMINATION

When I Wake

— in fear of loss

Mattress and pillows on a wooden bed.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Dreaming
and I see you
Beaming
with a tender kiss.

Unaware
of the place I am in
as I Stare
in awe of another world.

then in a Sudden
it all disappears
wide Open
my eyes in shock.

Awake
and afraid
I Ache
waiting for your embrace.

It’s true that I feel lucky to know
I get to live out the dream where
you were by my side
you and I.

But the suffocating
sensation of losing
for one second
that dream is

terrifying.

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A.X. Bates

A.X. Bates

Theatre student aspiring for careers in both medicine and the arts. I also write poems because I dream a lot.

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