While Sleeping (for Debra)


While Sleeping

For Debra

Waves are foam fraught and

licked white by an off-shore

wind, advancing then receding

in soft spools of convulsion,

like the spill of blankets you

cradled last night, tangles

of hair pulled back as if

you were sailing head-long

into a gale. I watched you,

in luxurious retreat, closet

your heart from the day’s

labors, exhausted with worry

and one-too-many obligations,

though, selfless even in sleep,

it seemed a small smile

appeared with each deep

breath as if you were in

the act of remembering

or giving something up.

John Muro

A two-time nominee in 2021 for the Pushcart Prize and, more recently, a 2022 nominee for Best of the Net, John is a resident of Connecticut and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems: In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books were published by Antrim House, and both are available on Amazon. John’s poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Ariel Chart, Barnstorm, Euphony, Moria, and Sky Island. Instagram: @johntmuro.


  1. puts me at ease like the best of poetry does

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