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To Die Awake
poetry reading from As Simple As Soap by Tobin Mueller
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Poetry Text

i want to die awake
with memory like a mouth
and nostrils expanding, stunned
my senses made infant again
awash in a mother’s christening heat

i want to die awake
with flesh wrapped hopes
and dirt beneath my fingernails
ears pressed against fresh ground
eyes wide, capturing every mutation
and with my tongue i want to taste
a knew language

i want to die awake
before the fall of dreams
beyond bedtime tales
unframed by stained and leaden glass
outside the regularity of a hospital wall
all these that turn me
toward the yawning grate

i want to die
on the day before
with no time left... and nothing right...
and love, full, in between

i want to die
as if
as i
as will be
just as I lived
holding you

"To Die Awake" ©2000, 2016 Tobin Mueller

As Simple As Soap

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Other lyrics pages from As Simple As Soap

  1. As Simple As Soap
  2. Old
  3. The Fall
  4. Puzzle People
  5. Wall of Heaven
  6. The Cigarette
  7. Under the Basement Stairs
  8. To Die Awake
  9. Abraham and Isaac revisited
  10. Swing Set Music