41 WINKS, POPSHOT MAGAZINE

Berlin, DE

Illustration, Digital Art

A digitally created image for Popshot Magazine that illustrates a poem '41 winks'



41 Winks



Keep still.
The morning lies shapelessly in the future.
Imagine that time has stretched itself in front of you.
Notice sleep is still heavy on your skin, in your lungs.
Close your eyes, this room holds no mystery for you; enduring walls, enduring air.
Focus on your finger tips; rich with thick cotton stitches,
smooth your hands over a crisp landscape that rests faintly on your skin.
White sheets like paper snow.


Do not stir. Do not stir an inch, there is nothing out there, I swear.
You can indulge this dilated time a little longer.
Relax your face and imagine that your skin sits as lightly on it
as the sheets lay across your body, as autonomous too.
The pillow case creases are still there,
you can feel them if you try.
Woven into the surface like a ghost from a cotton lullaby.


Now, let those hungry hands comb in fistfuls of heavy cotton
bring them up toward your mouth
Let the map of creases reunite with your skin, white paper doll, fragile thing.
Open your mouth and let the weight seep in, swallow down behind feathery teeth.
Allow veracious lungs to inhale starched sheets, white pleats
Don't move and very soon you'll sleep.