Janet Barry, “Sweet Milk Dreams”

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Sweet Milk Dreams

I have had enough of my own misery

The world has been going on
without me; some people

have died horrible deaths, or noble
ones, and some have gotten married,

had babies, or just spent every day
going to work and coming home

and feeding the dog. Maybe
they come home to love or maybe

the hungry dog is enough, slurping
his bowl of kibbles. Maybe the dead

are in heaven now, wondering why
they ever strapped on that suicide vest

or took that icy route, or what
that fight was all about that ended

in gunshot. The baby cries
for her mother’s womb. Sleeps

in white linen swaddles.
The dog lies all night

in the doorway. In his sleep
he snorts and snuffles,

legs paddling.

In the darkness, maybe,
sweet milk dreams.


Janet Barry is a musician and poet with works published in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently Little Lantern Press, The Mom Egg, Snapdragon, and Third Wednesday. She was recently Featured Poet in Aurorean, and has received several Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations, as well as having her poem “Aubade” chosen for inclusion in BiLINE (Best Indie Lit New England). Janet holds degrees in organ performance and poetry.


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