when my eye lids sang
of all I’d seen shadow-wise
that other life carved out of darkness
I wasn’t able to listen

when my eye lids said
all that the corporate heads insisted
their fiery brands on my temple
I lost my own scent

when my eye lids sagged
into cold & colder artifact
thoughts entrenched in my skull
I could no longer feel

when my eyelids sank
& my body cramped into a cipher
a reminder of what it once played at
I became even dumber

when my eyelids saw
nothing of what they once were
only light & light’s offspring
I knew all along night had dreamt me