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Let me hold a vigil as you rest,

caught between the half-kept darkness

and the sound of daylife just outside,

gathering your cares and watching

as you try to slip the sapping world away.

Let me guard the rise and fall of sleep within you

as I listen to the quiet breathing of your heart,

the grating rumble of your past,

and the carelessness of skin beneath the sheets.

Let me brush away the idle hairs that fall across your eyes,

pushing back their veiling strands

before they shroud your spirit in their weight

and tether fast your dreams.

Let me kiss your head and settle in

to stay between these moments

and the ever-asking door,

a quiet lover in the corner of your tired, rolling dusk.

Let me hold this vigil by your side,

and I will be here for you when you wake.


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