You sleep and dream you are awake —

her voices are everywhere, touching you

like hands:

on your head, in your heart,

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explaining all the places you've been,

shaping words like only she can


stop & money & love

does she ~ do you?

The way you adore her

photograph, the way you adore her


her soft complaints,

the silk sheets of the bed.

Tim J. Brennan is a two-time winner of the Talking Stick poetry prize. His poetry can be found in "Volume One, Barstow & Grand." He lives in Austin. The Post Bulletin publishes poetry by local and area writers every Monday. Send poems to Meredith Williams at