A piece of Tanka Prose
supine form in bed motionless, but for deep breaths eyelids flutter rapidly unmade choices lived again blank stare up at white ceiling
I don’t take care of myself very well. My sleep schedule is ridiculously inconsistent; some nights I only sleep three hours; other nights, I may sleep for ten. Also, I consume much too much caffeine, to the point that I cannot function well without it. These behaviors affect my health adversely.
The dreams I recall upon waking are always disturbing, often inspired by regrets and insecurities of mine. I believe they are caused by my unhealthy lifestyle choices, certainly in part. Those that are most vivid, those that stay with me, tend to visit in the hours of early morning… sometimes not long after I’ve gone to bed.
The above piece of Tanka Prose was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Prose Poetry Contest’, on the theme of ‘Dreams’. The three winning entries are amazing – I highly recommend that you head over there to check them out!
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!