When you are sleeping
When you are sleeping, I’m always awake, as if I live in the other hemisphere. When you are sleeping, I’m always awake, even though I close my eyes first. When you are falling asleep, my eyelids always open, as if it’s dawn already.
When you are sleeping, I regularly pry open the roof on all four sides so that you may watch the planets and the stars on all four corners of the sky.
I play a lullaby on all philharmonic instruments when you’re restless, and when you’re sound asleep, I nail new paintings on the wall to surprise you when you awaken.
When you are sleeping, I regularly keep watch so that a comet doesn’t fall through the open roof.
(When you are sleeping, I pay attention to every dog’s howl.)
And when you wake up, my eyes always close and I fall asleep for a minute. It’s not that I am tired – I just want you to watch me sleep a little.
I like it even more when you wake me up and call me sleepy-head.
© translated by Kalina Janeva