Asleep, awake.
There is the duck,
there is the drake.

Along, alone.
This is an egg,
that is a stone.

Behind, before.
There is the wall,
there is the door.

Before, behind.
There are the knocks
on the hard mind.

Alone, along.
That is a lie,
this is a song.

Awake, asleep.
Here are the lives
we cannot keep.

Paul J Pastor

Paul J. Pastor is author of several books, most recently Bower Lodge: Poems (Fernwood Press). He serves as a senior editor for HarperCollins, and contributing poetry editor for Ekstasis magazine. He lives in Oregon.

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