Time to Dream

Time to dream
Pausing in the midst
Of the compulsive unleashing
Coal furnaces burning through the night, relentless
Into centuries-old production, ceaseless
We, liberated from feudal shackles
Exchanged freedom’s potential
For collective exhaustion
Lined faces, eyes dulled
Scanning the trees for signs of life
In the vast expanse of a Royal Park
A green parakeet
Red beaked in winter arbor
Nature channeled into sinewy cords
Wrapped tight around my hands
I require
A deeper wildness
An unexpected sleep
A powerful dream
Carved into an arc of time, traced across the bedroom wall
A sigh of recognition
In the still afternoon

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