Groundless by Gregory Luce

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5:47 and already
one of those mornings when
I wake after four hours sleep
snatched from eight hours in bed,
light trickles weakly gray
through the blinds,
the pillowcase is soaked
and my legs are tangled
inextricably in the bedclothes,
and the cat has jumped on
and off the bed three times already.
I’m barely clinging to one
of the 5000 fingers of Lokeshvara
and must remember if my hands slip
I will free fall through space
but happily there is no ground
to hit.

Gregory Luce

Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), has published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the Arts and Humanities Council in Washington, D.C., where he lives and works for the National Geographic Society.: