Waiting For Sleep by Michael H. Brownstein

I have done everything you ask of me
and more

summer’s heat dissipates into swamp grass
two by fours and two by sixes line the yard
concrete board and liquid:

once the floor drained itself of water
a pipe splintered
plywood began eating the glue that made it strong

but still
I remained
until only the window frames bent into sleep

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. He has nine poetry chapbooks including Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012), The Possibility of Sky and Hell: From My Suicide Book (White Knuckle Press, 2013).

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