Jacob Lays in Wait

"lovers sometimes hide things under their pillows"
- Robert Bly

Has he been snooping again?

Did he find my ticket home,
my cradling blanket,
each dream of the perfect man, the perfect child,
my gold coins that will all finally add up into perfection?

India joins with me each night, I stretch atop a tomb.

there are roses,
there are tears of separation.

There is that old man watching
while the family dances
and for a moment, we all hold hands.

In sleep, our bodies rise toward that one tree
forever fresh, forever in the garden.

We cover ourselves with the patchwork quilts of our sins
and under our pillows, all the while,
Jacob lays in wait.

(c) Margaret James

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