I woke up crying

I woke up crying
in a hot and empty room –
I’d dreamed the pain
was something else,
but in that rising
out of sleep,
my body knew.

I woke up curled
in my own head,
hiding from lights –
too bright – and
clashing noises,
telling stories to myself
with different endings.

I woke up, and my face
was wet. My body knew
the truth before I did.

“I took a nap and wept for no reason”

~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason

For Jilly’s month of Unreason. Day 13 – nearly half way through. It’s been a rollercoaster so far.

I’m also linking it in to the dVerse Open Link Night. 

25 thoughts on “I woke up crying

  1. some gorgeous lines
    ,” curled
    in my own head,”

    no need for an analyst Sarah – “I’d dreamed the pain
    was something else”

    and the title is just right!

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  2. The reality in this poem, “I’d dreamed the pain // was something else, // but… my body knew….” Echoed again, “My body knew // the truth before I did.” This is so true to life it hurts. You bring the line of that neatly through the second stanza as well. Very nicely written!

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