Tema Stauffer, Bedroom, Dream Catchers Sleep Lab, Dripping Springs, Texas, 2007 (photograph)

All night while I was sleeping I was still
tired, a kind of double fatigue in which
sleeping is not enough. I thought,
I am so tired, I must lie down and sleep
but I already was.
Previous to this, I stood looking at lettuces
and herbs in the refrigerator section
of a supermarket for too long
while hidden machines sprayed
and dripped water to keep things green
until they stopped and the lettuces
and herbs listed and gleamed.
Damp mirrors above and behind the scene
tilted and doubled the offering.
There were some distant, calling birds,
also possibly green. I can’t think of the names
of any green birds now.


Michelle Meier