by Courtney LeBlanc
You lie sleeping beside me, arm heavy
across my body, breathing steady.
A Japanese legend says if you can’t
sleep it’s because you’re awake
in someone else’s dream. I wonder
if it’s your dream that holds me
captive, if we’re together,
free and happy in a way we don’t
exist in the waking world. I count
backwards, ease into sleep, and dream
of an endless hallway with dozens
of doors, each an opportunity
but none contain you.
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press) and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, Haunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at www.wordperv.com, follow her on twitter: @wordperv, or find her on facebook: www.facebook.com/poetry.CourtneyLeBlanc.
Image by Keirsten Marie, found on Flickr.