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  • she wanders the house
    at night
    like an owl in the sea
    wide-eyed and still
    as the water takes her

    she's always looking
    for something
    i can't find
    - a jewel
    - her best friend
    - a girl named Paige
    - a cartoon cat
    - the finish
    - or me
    (sitting there in front of her)

    she can call out details
    with a surgeon's precision
    but cannot feel me
    holding her

    until the shift
    when she finally blinks
    her deep chocolate eyes
    drops back into her voice
    and says, "it's okay, mommy,
    i see you now..."

    she loses me
    and finds me
    all night long

    and now i sleep
    with wide eyes
    taken by the see
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