Warning: May cause sleep paralysis, a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move: a transition state between wakefulness and rest characterized by complete muscle weakness. Sleep paralysis can occur at onset of sleep or upon awakening. It is often associated with

a weight on my chest the laying on of hands and you in the corner of it whispering
the sound of

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In Mexican folklore, sleep paralysis is caused
by matilda, a damned woman who is carried
mysteriously during sleep as if by current
without her noticing her son is in the room.
He is writing this in circles on the wall
if that’s even possible in a post-religious
body which is my body the men watched my
body watch the images of children. They
wore such smart white jackets I thought
I’d ask them where they bought such smart
white jackets but you can’t believe the images
if you don’t mind I’ll kiss you softly and build a new
home in the river Mijito every little piece is asleep you

can teach me how to keep from absolutely freaking
out about Mexican folklore if you don’t mind I’ll cry
OH NO I forgot to mention the hallucinations so don’t
trust any of that unless you are absolutely sure you are
awake. You are awake, right? I really need to know you
are a year’s worth of skin lost, a series of unrecognizable

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Stay over weekends. Sweets and late Friday television.
Find an animal, unnamed, meant for the edge of the river,
unnamed. Wake up and move your hand off of it. Now.

A simple moving violation is the only charge I can find
disrupted REM sleep, which is normally characterized
by complete muscle atonia that prevents individuals
from acting out their dreams. Focus on your breathing
until your eyes breach the surface

You are f l o w e r i n g  ||| l u n g s |||

Sleep paralysis has been linked to disorders such as narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea; however, it can also occur in isolation When linked to another disorder. I’ve always called God a he but I could be wrong

My eyes changed with the sound of breaking. Still.

The sound of trees.

You in the corner of it whispering


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