The sheets move, forming waves in this ocean. A deep breath, a morning sigh at an hour that's neither rise nor set.
White snow on pillow but this skin is warm. Heartbeat, strong like a hiccup, feel it in my throat. A deep scratch on the forearm to arrive in the present. These dreams still tug at me, another breath, another breath.
Sit up dark, regardless if eyes open or shut. Chin to the ceiling, sweat moves along the back, like a ghost drawing a map. The beasts await patiently, your turn, return.
Onto naked skin, I slip on this erudite armor once again. Trembling, I fall back into the battlefield.