I don’t know, or: Try not to

Poetry Partners #167

‘I don’t know’, a poem by Marvin Tordillos of ‘A Poem A Day’

I don't know I can't sleep
I don't know I keep waking up
I don't know why I am so distressed
I don't know but I'm awake right now

I don't know but my mind's a mess
I don't know why I feel hot at this cold hour
I don't know why I am so bothered
I don't know if I am alright

I don't know but my mind is active
I don't know why I keep waking
I don't know why but I should be sleeping
I don't know what's keeping me up

I don't know how to describe it
I don't understand how I feel 
I don't know but somehow I do 
I don't know why but I know I'm lonely

I don't know how to go back to sleep
I don't know but my body is tired
I don't know I feel lethargic
I don't know so I'll just lie here 'til sleep gets me

A ‘Nonet’ by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

I don't know how to go back to sleep,
Shuffle amidst the zombie herds,
Past those newspaper kiosks
Papered with loud posters
Of shit-eating sneers
Spewing foul lies, 
Wheedling us
To choose
Them.

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!


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44 thoughts on “I don’t know, or: Try not to”

  1. 2 Great poems Marvin and David!

    I don’t know either
    but of these fitful nights
    nothing seeming right,
    keeping me up all night.
    Tossing and over turning
    down the cliff,
    I wake unscathed but am I?

    Damn Ollie kept me up all night. ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ˜พ

    1. That’s great to hear and I also love the reply from Ben it’s a great honor to participate in this exchange ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Marvin – the honor was all mine โค

        BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ ~ that is my name.

        The word ‘ben’ simply means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’. I created my blog in his memory, you see.

        I know it’s confusing because ‘Ben’ is also a popular name in English ~ sorry about the confusion!

        Much love,
        David

        1. It’s my pleasure, thank you David it’s an addition to my vocabulary ๐Ÿ™‚ now I know the beautiful meaning of your blog.

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