Marry Me

a senryu sequence

when I come late to bed
I move your leg flung over my side
that warm gate

bednights you're not here
I inch toward the middle
of this boat, balancing

when I turn over in sleep
you turn, I turn, you turn,
I turn, you

some nights you tug the edge
of my pillow under your cheek,
look in my dream

pulling the white sheet
over your bare shoulder
I marry you again

by Veronica Patterson,
from American Life in Poetry (Column 172)

"...the senryu is a Japanese form similar to haiku but dealing with people rather than nature."