VAPORS

I awoke with a dream following me

into day.  A vapor of thoughts cheated

out of sleep, pressed me while preparing

under a dim light and morning haze, then

chased my shadow out the door.

A gnawing between my ears, like drums

banging, rattled my thoughts to remember

sleepy images.  I hurried along, glancing

behind to footsteps; there were none.

Increasing my pace, hoping to outdistance

the urge to return to bed, the call of night

and the unrest of shadows, I turn the corner

and stop.  A bus hisses to a stop.  The vapors

close behind me.

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