The Wall

The ghosts that are all around me
Suck life from my every pore
Trying to get this first stanza out
Before I sink into the floor

The coffee has torn up my stomach
Napping after every line
Hoping to finish this story
Giving new meaning to deadline

Closing my eyes for a moment
Ten minutes later awake
I don’t think it’s going to happen
Thinking finishing a mistake

Don’t come up on me while I write
You’ll run up against the brick beast
It’s better that you read this now
Than being found at the wall deceased

The ones before would warn you
That scaling that wall wasn’t too smart
Instead they dig and torment me
Tiring ghosts that will not depart

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/24

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24 responses to “The Wall

  1. words connecting – or not quite connecting – ARE quite the beast, aren’t they, Michael? Thanks for sharing some of your frustration with us.


  2. That lurking fiend writer’s block… a beast we all battle at some time.


  3. My tormenters are 8 and 4. And I hate not being able to write when they are home like now.


  4. Looks like your poem resonated with a few of us, Michael. This is a very clever interpretation of this week’s prompt. Thanks for joining us again this week and I hope you’ll join us for the new weekend challenge going up later today.


  5. Actually that was what first sprang to mind when I thought about the “beast” challenge but then the “busy week” beast got to me and I didn’t manage to write anything. 🙂 So thank you for doing it for me.


  6. the past haunts and damns us
    sometimes consequences screw us forever
    strong piece Boo! 🙂
    Love the writes, forget the reading :-p


  7. so true,

    eloquent delivery.


  8. I’m sorry you’re being haunted but have to admit you describe it quite well! This one had a very visceral quality to it. I liked it.


  9. Whew… I’m glad you finished this poem!
    Now, go tackle those other deadlines!


  10. This reminded me of a recurring dream when I am late and miss everything.


  11. haunting, powerful warning,

    what a powerful entry,


  12. Amazing rhythm and rhyme!
    I especially love the line “Giving new meaning to deadline.”
    I think it helped redefine the poem.


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