By Valerie Muriel Mckinley
Published: September 29, 2008
Updated: September 29, 2008


It takes me unawares,
light starbursts through me
heartbeats quicken

breathing deepens.

My conscious self surfaces
the lights dim
heartbeats slow
breathing lightens.

I come fully awake
sweat trickling and


The others’ essence
Hangs, haunting the night air

teasing me.

Empty and unfulfilled,
I try to sleep again

but toss and turn.