Valencia College, Lake Nona Campus

“Your Heart,” “In My Dreams,” & “Sleep”: Poems

Your Heart

The sound of your breathing,
soft & slowed by sleep.
The rise and fall of your chest,
keeping time
with the steady drumming
of your heart.

That is my favorite lullaby.



I would rather sleep.

When thoughts
& feelings overwhelm,
& it seems like unconsciousness
is the only reprieve
from the constant pain
of remembrance.

I would rather wade
into the welcoming waters
of slumber.

I would rather slip
beneath the rippling surface.

I would rather sink
into its dark depths.

I would rather float

To drift
through silent darkness
in a deep,
dreamless state.

I would rather sleep.


In My Dreams

In my dreams I can see you.

Even though
our time together
has passed,

I hold tightly to my dreams.
Clinging to them as a sailor,
having fallen overboard,
clings to the rope that is cast to him.

In my dreams I bask in the light of your bright smile.

I feel the warmth of your gentle embrace.

My heart overflows with gladness
as I gaze upon the face that I loved so dearly.

In my dreams I am with you
and neither time nor circumstance can separate us.