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All Day Long

All. Day. Long.

I sit there, in my chair, All. Day. Long. 
Glaring at people I hate. 
The people who are but mere memories.
Mere dust in the wind.

All that I know has blown away, 
taken by my faulty actions.
The dull replay of Meteora fills my room with lyrical insanity, 
tempting me with beat and anger. 
But I’ve realised it’s not the music that’s dull.
It’s myself. I am dull. 
 Dull, empty, detached, dead. 
My actions have caused this, my mental instability.

My arms and wrists, they’re crisscrossed with faint pink patterns,
the product of my attempts at reattachment and relief.
Eternal smiles of violet beneath my eyes, wrinkles surround my lips. 
My skin, yellow from the drugs, reflects weakly the sunlight from outside.
I blame everyone but myself, my personality rotten to the core.
My lungs, as well, shredded by smoke that acted like needles.

I couldn’t help myself, I jest in my mind. 
I’ve been trying to shove the blame onto something but myself, 
only to find there is nothing to blame but myself.

My body has been wracked to this state, 
a state well beyond my mere 29 years. 
My mind, hanging from a cliff. 
Threatening to free fall at any moment. 

As I sit there, in my chair, 
memories of an age long gone from my life flash before my eyes.
 A girl I loved, laughing.
 Her and I lying in the grass, at a lake’s edge.
A cat akin to night, eyes green as mine, purring softly in my lap.
Flashes of guns, from a war forgotten by all but me. 

As I reminisce these memories, a spark of feeling—pain.
Upwelling in my gut.
 Through my chest.
 Stabbing into the side of my head.
The pain triggers a new wave of recollection. 

Again, the girl. My mind so foggy I can’t remember her name. 
Dancing slowly to a song no longer heard of. 
Snow. A blush of the cheeks. Hands in mine, warming and comfortable.
The pain in my head intensifies, blinding me. 
I fall from my chair, the first time I’ve moved all day. In 2 days.

Shaking my head, I pull myself up. Standing, I look around. 
Another flash of pain, followed by a sensation I’d all but forgotten.
Her lips. At dusk. The very first time.
I stumble away from an unseen being, crashing into the wall. 
Blinking my eyes furiously, I right myself. 
Waiting a moment, I sit back down. 
And let the dullness take over, the pain ebb away, 
and the memories to replay.
All. Day. Long.

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  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:16:00 PM
    Zach, Congratulations with your awesome poem on the featured spots of the week.. Take care.. ~xox~pd

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 8:12:00 AM
    Epic powerful poem. And an understanding lies inside my chest

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 6:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your fantastic writing being featured this week Zach. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:47:00 AM
    The last thing I want is to be patronising but I do like this. I really hope things get better for you.

    Nathan Avatar Zach Nathan
    Date: 10/23/2012 7:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh no! No no no. This isn't reality. This is a warning. I'm only 15. Not 29. This is a warning for those my age who are either doing the things mentioned in the poem, or have thought of doing it. I just put it as if it were I who had taken that path...
  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:53:00 AM
    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you this morning Zack. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol

    Nathan Avatar Zach Nathan
    Date: 10/23/2012 7:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you! I'm really excited about posting my poems. I've just got to type them all up first. :)