~Sleeping~

Does the world slow down
like they always say
when a tragedy,
when you're blown away:
Do I know?
Did I ever see it?
I see life comes in,
and life goes out--
Is this the pain that
everyone is talking about?
If I say yes. . .
If I say no,
will somebody hurt me?

They all say time flies
when you're having fun
when you are the light,
when you love someone:
Is it fair?
Have I ever felt it?
I know a day comes in,
whenever night comes out--
is that the darkness
everyone seems worried about?
I can't say yes. . .
If I say no,
will everybody
hate me?

I should keep sleeping,
I should just close my
eyes again.
I should turn over,
go back to my dreams and
just pretend.
If I don't wake up
then it won't be
so
and I won't be
trapped in grieving--
I should close my eyes,
I should just

keep on sleeping.

Does the marionnette
when you cut its strings
find a human life,
discover human things:
Can I say?
Was I ever a real child?
I see people cry
because they're able to laugh--
is that the sorrow
keeping us all stuck in the past?
Dare I say yes. . .
If I say no,
will anyone still love me?

They say a doll can't feel
do you think like a toy
with a plastic smile,
with a plastic joy:
Is that cold?
Am I sounding callous?
I've heard people complain
because they're all too free--
is that oppression like the one
we're trying to relieve?
Don't say yes. . .
if I say no,
I think they might
forsake me.

So I should keep sleeping,
I should just close my
eyes again.
I should turn over,
go back to my dreams and
just pretend.
If I don't wake up
then it won't be
so
and I won't feel
I'm not breathing--
I should close my eyes,
I should just

keep on sleeping.

(The view from
the dreamtime,
it makes me feel better.
I don't want to
come out stay
deeper for
ever. . .)

If it all should end
what would you regret
would you take it back,
would you cry not yet:
That's not right. . .
ask how can I ask it?
If the whole world stopped
the world would still go on--
so what's the problem
making everything so wrong?
Just say yes. . .
just say no,
does anyone believe me?

Or should I keep sleeping,
should I just close my
eyes again?
Should I turn over,
go back to my dreams and
just pretend?
If I don't wake up
will it not be
so
or will I still
go on deceiving--
Should I close my eyes,
should I just. . .

Should I lie back down
with the rest and

keep on

sleeping?


~(c) 9/02 The Mad Poet (A.K. LaBelle)