Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,400 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press), ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’ (Cawing Crow Press) and ‘Like As If” (Pski’s Porch), Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).
To Rest Softly
Never wake a sleepwalker,
my parents warned me,
their eyes clenched like fists,
like blackout drapes drawn in the Blitz.
Their eyes closed like mouths
of condemned prisoners.
Their eyes shut like locked doors,
doors into rooms you’ve never been,
their unspeakable secrets guarded.
My poor parents, always tired.
Who claimed a dreamless sleep
was all they ever imagined.
Who woke footsore and weary,
the coming of night their flag and anthem.