Apnoea – Luke Otley

How many of us
are going to slip out of here
like oily eggs onto breakfast plate
without a whimper,
or if a groan,
then a groan that’s mute
against the tin dry crash
of must-see series, a whole life
(the only one)
shown stark and simple, naked —
nothing more
than a feverish stockpile of subscriptions,
as if their clockwork comfort
could ward off all that dark.

The throat collapses
on itself like a hope-scraped tunnel
out of jail —
slick, slimy, reptilian survival
instincts flick forked tongue, grumble
to action like pack-mule whipped,
consciousness aware, inert
in sleep, in death, in life
the message is the same
wake up
wake up
WAKE UP

For more from Luke at ‘My Troubled Mind, click here: https://lukeotley.com/

Published by grumpygorman

I am a Social Worker by day and an artist/writer by night. I use the written word in an attempt to make sense of the secret worlds and dysfunctional dynamics that lurk beneath the facades of our daily interactions. I am not sure how my writing styles are characterized, nor am I overly concerned about it. I am immensely enthusiastic about music and often connect better with songs than I do people. I also have an intense appreciation for quality wines and whiskies, frequently consuming them in excess. I like things that smell good and struggle to manage the symptoms of a life-long relationship with depression. So, why "grumpygorman"? Spend some time here and find out...

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