Straits, or: Expanses

A ‘Cascade’ poem

I struggle every day to make ends meet
Anxieties pummel me into broken gravel
Worn ragged, it's a stretch to say I'm free

Pressure grinds rough at soul skinned raw
Buses; clocks; jobs; child; chores; back|forth
I struggle every day to make ends meet

Pump me full of alcohol, caffeine, courage
Liquid channels wind through foggy stupor
Anxieties pummel me into broken gravel

Teetering 'tween survival and destruction
Feathers in wind gusts sucked into abyss
Worn ragged, it's a stretch to say I'm free

W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written in response to Punam’s W3 poetry prompt, in which she encouraged writers to write ‘Cascade’ poems on the theme of ‘Freedom’, employing personification in their poems.


Twiglets #292

it’s a stretch


dโ€™Verse Open Link Night #322

I’m sharing this poem for d’Verse OLN #322.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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55 thoughts on “Straits, or: Expanses”

  1. Hi David! It is your poem that stayed with me after I read all the poems. Brilliant poems all but your words stayed with me after I had finished reading all. Congratulations, David, you are the Poet Of this Week. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

  2. Reminds me of the song “It’s a hard day’s night…”. Love the personification and the bone-tired weariness that you evoke.
    Hope it’s not this bad, David. ๐Ÿ˜“

  3. This person has hit a rough patch. I really hope they have a support system that can help them through. If not, maybe a call to a help line? Free is relative, isn’t it.

  4. This is incredibly hard-hitting and poignant! Sending love and positive thoughts ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜

  5. Rough and raw, deep and heart-felt, you articulate what most of us feel. For me it was not depressing. Itโ€™s closer to being liberating, truth on rye.

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