Sandy Green


sleeping next to me,

buried in the half-light,

cough and sigh

while bees grind in my chest—

beating their wings,

cooling my heart—

then settle.

I prepare to chase my dream,

crouching like a sprinter,

digging my fingers into the dirt,

palms creased,

feet pressed into the starting blocks:


You cough once more,

I slant forward,

push the noise away.

My legs skim the track,

piercing the dream-clouds.

The flight of bees is swarming

deep in my chest,

dark, disturbed,

restless, when

a sliver of light

splits our bedroom curtains,

and the cloud scatters,

moving my starting line for sleep

yet again.

Sandy Green, a poet and children's author, also has been writing fiction since 2004. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester's Soul, as well as in Highlights for Children and in other children's magazines. Prior to writing fiction, Sandy lived in Germany and traveled extensively throughout Europe. She trained as a classical ballet dancer, has a BFA in dance from Florida State University, and taught and choreographed for several years. She is active in the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and works with local children's reading programs. Sandy currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

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