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Nightmares

 
I can't forget the time I spent
Putting out the fires
Though I try my best, I never do
No matter my desire

I go to sleep and try to think
Of nothing but my wife
But I lie in bed, and live again
The chaos of my life

My shoulder aches, and I return
To the night upon the ladder
Suddenly it slips, and I grab ahold
Of a lightpost I had straddled

From on the roof, four hands appear
Grab me by the arm
They pull me up and though I feel the pain
They keep me safe from harm

So I roll over and change positions
To try to continue sleeping
But now my knee begins to ache
And I picture myself creeping

As I crawl along a smoky corridor
I fall through a hole in the floor
As I begin to hurtle into the abyss
I’m not in control anymore

But just in time, a brother saves me
By lunging onto my knee
He keeps me from falling into the pit
And drags me up, I'm free
 
Once again I moan, and try to find
A comfortable spot on the bed 
As I finally begin to drift asleep
I see visions in my head

I see a baby with her face chewed off
Another under a truck
A young man crushed in an elevator
Where he had gotten stuck

I picture a family dead on the stairs
Who had tied to get out
A baby pulled lifeless from his room
And I hear his mother shout

I wake up sweating, get out of bed
And pour myself a drink
Take some pills and wash them down
While standing by the sink

After a moment, the shaking subsides
And I'm ready to try again
As I pull the covers over my head
I try to shut down my brain

It works for awhile, but then I feel  
A throbbing in my neck
And once again, I'm back in time
To a night I'd rather forget

Every night, it's always the same
As soon as I go to bed
It seems the pain I feel in my body
Triggers the pain in my head




Copyright © TOM KENNEY

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