deimos inn…

Final Challenge Image from Jade


with the lights on
there is nothing to fear
this is just another hotel room
a place for
an itinerate soul to visit
everything seems in place
when the lights are off
this place becomes a prison
nothing is where it’s supposed to be
the floor
is quicksand beneath my feet
the door has bars of anger
holding back my freedom
my thoughts rattle
around the room
seeking a familiar corner
the air is foul
stale with formality
my misery
has no place to hide
it cannot find
a warm spot to rest
so it paces
back and forth
in my mind
refusing to rest
until the dawn
when i release it outside
where it can run away from me
and swing in the trees
with childish expectations
but it is hours
before dawn
so i sit alone
with the lights

This poem represents my last response to  the second challenge series between Jade and I.  As you may recall, each poet provides the other with a series of photos, visual prompts,  from which the poet is to write a poem.  Jade has written her response which can be found here

17 thoughts on “deimos inn…

  1. Things aren’t always what they seem…interesting how the mind confronts it’s fears when the “light is gone”. Makes me think of my own childhood and how safe I felt sleeping with the lights on.

    Enjoyed this poem…nice way to end the photo challenge.

  2. Incredibly incredibly beautiful… brought tears to my eyes… your presene in the world is so healing, Charlie… you are a blessing to all those fortunate enough to surround You. Thank you for this beautiful challenege!

  3. And so I like the snugness of my home… no pretense, and all natural!
    Loved this poem!
    Night + no sleep + hotel room – WiFi = discomforting thoughts!
    Been there! 😦

  4. The magic of light and darkness, when we are sitting still, play tricks on us. when we close our eyes, do we become invisible, to the world. The mind walks a fine line between the real real and the sublime. Maybe the world is nothing but a dream full of blue smoke and mirrors. Indeed, we are more than that. We have reason to think and wonder about God and where he shall take man

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