2016 Poem a Day Challenge #24

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write a take off poem.

I will not be there tomorrow

Lidded windows lilting, drifting
from consciousness to waking dream, awakened
by another supine stifled scream
of madness. Madness,
and invented sight, companions of the watch
and overseers of the night crawl closer,
mocking, striking, tolling, winding,
clocking the time between breaths and blinks
as another captive thought released
to darkness comes back a beast to kill
repose and throws the locus of control out
to the unseen and deep until I bargain for mercy
and beg the shadows.
I can’t sleep.


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