Wrong way on a dead end street

as a tack,
I painfully misstep.

ready to fail
at a moment’s notice,
the gun signs and
I false start at the line.

leaves me frostbitten,
sanity steams off 
my body like dry ice.

sleeping with no springs 
nor soft pillow,
I relax and recoil,
hard head 
on a hardwood floor.

of nightmare bills,
I sleep during 
the day with 
the sun on to save

I sweat from 
my glands 
and drink rain 
as it pores down
the bridge of my nose
into my moat mouth.

I count until 
100 Mississippi’s 
drown out my shouts.

and testy,
I stretch the sleep
from my lids 
and pull the blinds 
shut over my eyes.

You can also read the companion poem by clicking on this link:
More ways than one.


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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6 Responses to Wrong way on a dead end street

  1. Chatty Owl says:

    This one is so good.. Makes me jealous of your talent. ..

  2. Thank you, Chatty Owl! Poetry is a hobby of mine and I am always trying to learn from nature and life and write down my experiences. This is my second poem where I pit opposite words and emotions against each other. I enjoy playing with the way words make us feel when used in a different context. It makes the reader think twice about what they are reading and throws them off balance. I am generally a positive person and this style of poetry helps me disguise the negative, though humorous, vibes. I look forward to following your blog and may your muse keep unweaving the mystery of this existence!

  3. this was awesome Tyler, really liked the style and form too!!

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