Force quit, or: No! I won’t go to bed!

Poetry Partners #34

A poem by Cindy Georgakas of ‘Unique Times with Cindy’

Force Quit
wires crossed,
keyboard crashed
Undo won’t do the trick,

Hit the off button
Take a break
Voices over flowing

No time to meditate
Insides fried
Overload

Data stored… not found
Storage full
Plastic bouncing

more money needed
Pick from a tree
Or get out your pen and paper

Brain freeze
It’s time fo y’all to leave
The synapses
Have stopped firing.

Respite found in tapping
My body and the keyboard
Relish in quiet moments

A sip of tea
Light a candle
I think I’ll head…
Back to bed.

A Burmese climbing rhyme by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

Her verses flow freely
while sipping tea, thinking, 
before she shuts down;
nary a frown towards
friends around the globe;
her comfy robe swishing,
encouraging hope in others,
sisters and brothers, all;
kind mother to everyone;
busy day's done now -
night's begun; she's spent;
always so present, but
she descends into sleep...
rolling down steep slope
into deep, beckoning dreams,
her world's seams unraveling;
computer gleam goes black... even Cindy needs to rest.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


41 thoughts on “Force quit, or: No! I won’t go to bed!”

  1. Delightful collaboration, David and Cindy! Cindy’s poem shares a slice of her frenetic life. David’s poem appreciates
    Cindy’s enthusiasm and open-hearted communication with everyone her life touches! Thank you to both of you, two very generous and loving people. ❤

  2. Totally cool. You two. Excellence, in fact.
    And I’ll repost what I told Cindy: How very precious, you two. I love you both the same. But I must confess, I know David longer than I know you but the love part is the same. xoxo

    Again, you guys rock. Keep up the amazing work. 👏

  3. 💖 David 💖

    My heart was overflowing when I read your poem in response to my poem.
    And I agree with the other Cindy “I love how you honored your friend in verse!” and others
    Thank you so much as this was the last thing I expected.

    Also Muri, I’m soooo glad to know that even tho this wasn’t your fav type of poem, I almost had a form!!!!! 🤣 🙏 As David knows and others, I write from my heart and would never write a word if I had to learn a form. 🤣

    Thanks again David.
    💖🙏

  4. The internal rhyme~ not my favorite type of poem to write but this is delightful to read! Reminds me of a Than Bauk except the number of syllables per line is increased!

    1. 💓 Muri 💓 – this form is meant to be four syllables per line, but the language it was intended for is one syllable per word… so this interpretation allows for four words per line in order to allow for the same level of meaning as the original does…

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