Agrypnotica

by RC deWinter

&on the deep blue nights
you know the ones i mean
&velvet pile thick and plush
&the ones no matter how
exhausted when eyes close
they flicker and twitch

&&i can’t sleep &&i’m
burning & mind &body &soul
&&&with the heat of a thousand
suns & words &rocks& through &the
window of unconsciousness
wake me &&readjusting&& i turn

blankets &&a straitjacket
gripping me in the twisted
embrace of insomnia &&in some
halfforgotten dream i remember
you when you&& when you
but it fades…

there are no more unbroken
nights& no failsafes &when
the mainframe& eventually
&surrenders& rogue hackers
assassins in camo &roam neuron corridors
&&flipping all the right switches

&and there i am
&in the clutch of
some half forgotten dream
&i remember you
when you &when you
but it fades…

 

Artist: Juan Carlos Torres

RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), Cowboys & Cocktails (Brick Street, 4/2019), Nature In The Now (Tiny Seed Press, 8/2019), in print in 2River, Adelaide, Genre Urban Arts, In Parentheses, Night Picnic Journal, Prairie Schooner, Reality Break Press, Southword among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals.

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