Pillow Talk by Dana Kinsey Your eyes stay closed I’ll close mine too Not sure you’re asleep but it’s clear I dream I shudder blankets stolen running the dailies from days long past Carousel horses the night you proposed The letters you closed “Maybe Someday” High-fiving as her ball finds the net A turquoise dress that made you sigh Whizzing by you on my burgundy bike Your laugh as I read Curious George Nostalgia pulls my fingers to your spine but they hover indecisive I fancy tattooing my name then yours in five-inch script separated by a minus sign pressing the needle deep enough so you’ll turn to me to stop the pain I study your torso ravines too treacherous to navigate Stranded in starless midnight I map out a path to your lips An unexpected breath or caress could cover me in morning Pretending you’re asleep is the kindest lie you’ve told These blackout shades are efficient it’s been night for far too long Your breathing lush and rhythmic weary lullaby on constant replay Peeling myself from our bed I sleepwalk through the halls Skirting the creaky floorboard and the rousing truth
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Dana Kinsey is an actor and teacher published in Writers Resist, Drunk Monkeys, ONE ART, On the Seawall, Porcupine Literary, Sledgehammer Lit, West Trestle Review, and Prose Online. Dana’s play, WaterRise, was produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Her chapbook, Mixtape Venus, is published by I. Giraffe Press. Visit my website@ wordsbyDK.com, @dana.kinsey on Instagram, and @wordsbyDK on Twitter.