Before you go to bed
Do one thing for me
That’s simple and magic
Foolish and leaning
Tell me a story
That makes me much different
That’s all

At the same time explain in a circle
Why the world is uneven
Maybe even rustled
Let me take forever
Or longer
To finish my dreaming

In your own way
Get me to puff out my heart
With promise
Not so much for someone
Like you
But for history
Slowly and upward
Loosely but learning
As night after night murmurs away.


HIRAM LAREW's work has appeared most recently in Honest Ulsterman, The Lunaris Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, FORTH and Viator.  He lives in Maryland, USA and is a global food security specialist.