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Pain And Somnambulism

Pain is a solitary shaft of sunlight piercing the fathomless depths of a wishing well, reflected off the tin-can shards in dark prismatic waters, refracted spears of realisation and the blinding truth they tell. Looking backwards with somnambulistic vision I can trace precisely and account for every minute of every day; yet the wishes coming true as I grow numb and older are the ones I make instinctively to wish my life away. Half an existence spent inert, dog-tired, asleep: a long and protracted coma in near dreamless sub-consciousness; the windows to this sedated soul have been closed for half my life and the hurt when they were opened helped me sleepwalk through the rest. They say time flies when you’re having fun but it still shifts apace when beset by misery and fear, agonisingly stretched and elastic as time progresses, accelerating down the decades, hot-rodding faster by the year. It seems like aeons since childhood’s languid mainframe spanned what felt century-long summer days; the time-killing carefree vacuum ‘till the tolling of the school bell, calmly, achingly dragged-out through egg-frying pavement haze. Then the psychomotor retarded tread of winter footfalls, softly, thuddingly imprinted by frosty power-cut nights, hyped increasing excitement of Christmas morn expectation for the day itself to burn out like warp-speeded candlelights. For certain, I don’t know, but I feel I am to blame, a sleeping sleepwalker at fault, for I did all that I could, by doing so little, to make this pain occur; my past encapsulates into seconds, minutes, an hour whilst my future is gone in the blink of an eye, just a spectre…a figment…a blur…

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