If you find me asleep
on my back,
please roll me to my side,
preferably my left side down,
so I sleep better
and dream less
about the goings-on
all around me,
since that would turn my back
to this troublesome
twenty-four-seven world
that does not miss me
at political rallies, rodeos,
gun shows or bar time
and hardly cares
if I face the other way
with one ear to the mattress
listening for the melodious footfalls
of the Angel of Death
on the floor boards.

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney

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