Insomnia
by Phil Slattery

 

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Abstractions
Lying on my back
Twisted in a sheet binding like a shroud
Images of the past
Flood my brain
Spilling into my body
    A silent hysteria clawing and dragging
    Its loathsome way through my bones

Convulsing quietly
Eyes straining for the way home
My restless being flops and flutters
    As a dying fish stranded on a dark shore
        Eyes bulging to the stars
            As it futilely leaps and springs
                Trying to glimpse the sea a final time
                    Before it withers.