getting close

you left the door unlocked
in my sleep
now i’m afraid
anyone can get in
i’m standing
with both arms wrapped around me
and still the dreams are leaking out
you come and go
using what’s mine
and i don’t know why
that feels like mice
gnawing at my placenta
pirates
stealing wood from my hull
i don’t know why
i’m so afraid of drowning

wendy shaffer

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