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In residence

It would seem that
I have moved recently.
No notification
No eviction
Just found myself
Returned to an
Ol’ familiar abode.
The pressure
The rent
The tears that won’t let go
Come from
A bygone era
I’m back and in situ
Perhaps I’ll visit
A different room…
I’m stuck with cobwebs
Which have caught my ol’ fears
Starkly lit
By eyes that
Blaze too bright…
Corners in shadow
Beckon me to stay
Floorboards groan in unison
With each step
As dread takes up
Residence in my chest…
I do not presume
To know the future
Yet the prevailing chill
That’s entered my bones
Seems to have
Chased out any hope
Of warmth…
How is it that
I enter and exit
To arrive where I left?
That I throw open a window
To let in fresh ideas
Only to find a vacuum
Or when I beat
My fists on the walls
There is no sound
Just an echo
Of my demented thoughts
AND where is the door
So I can terminate this madhouse?
In a daze
I wander from
One bleak corner to another
Meticulously tracing
The dusty trail I had left
To find it is a loop…
Resignation wells up from my bowels
I slump down onto
My futile past
Dust motes clatter
Like cicadas mating on a hot cloistered night
Annoyed that I have disturbed their rest
A hoarse rhythmic sound
Vibrates beneath in synch with
The bellows of my ribs
A white frigid mist
Streams from each painful gasp…
It seems I now exhume my ghost
This apparition has
More substance
More sense of resolve
Than I can muster in a week…
“You can have it all!”
I scream.
The corporeal form
Just smirks and hisses
“Are you out of your mind?”
Pressing the heals
Of my bloodied hands
Into cavities that were my eyes
All I see are stars
I want to sleep
But there is only
Endless time for despair
That begins at the end.

19th March

In residence


Balmain East, Australia

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