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Certain Needs - Jan. 29, 2023

how comforting

the visit of rain

on a sleepless night


the finger-drumming of drops

on the roof

of my wakefulness


a cold and lonely discourse

right above the warm

cocoon of my bed


and this one speaks

to something deep-seated

indeterminate fundamental

stripped down and basic

tender hard-to-reach


so I listen though it’s

the need that hears


at least until sleep decides

we’ve both gotten enough

for one night






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