an erratic metronome drones as thoughts are streaming
the rocks pierce my back while overhead the blue drifts by
Â Caw! Peck! Caw! I ran when I should have stood!
Â my arm across my face shields the sun from my tired eyes
but does nothing to lessen the days burning heat
Â Peck! Caw! Peck! I kept silent when I should have spoke!
Â sweat rolls over my temples and mats my hair
my lips are dry my tongue swollen and still
Â Caw! Peck! Caw!
I cry out in silence for relief, from memories and my own failing!
Peck! Caw! Peck!
Â my hand slaps the ringing alarm clock next to the bed
suns streams through the shades the heat already stifling
Â Caw! Peck! Caw! I breathe deep and summon my courage!
Â shaking away the remnants of the dream I rise slowly
scared another day with my fears and doubts to face
Â Peck! Caw! Peck!
Â Mark Schutter Â©2013
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