Never Alone

Todays post is a free-verse poem for which I gained second place in my writers group, Hibiscus Coast Writers, competition. Kudos to my son Josh who advised me on structure.

Never Alone

I am never alone, never without The Voice in my head.

Like rustling reeds on the river-bank, whispering

A sinister stream of contemptuous gibberish –

I know you, I am you.

You yearn to float yet you’re snagged in debris,

Tangled in weeds, boulders in your head,

Coated in moss, gathering no traction,

Going nowhere.

Cast adrift in a river of doubt, on currents of confusion, I despair

Of this susurrus in my ear. Drowning

Beneath the flotsam of condemnation, I struggle to stay afloat,

The under-tow forever dragging me deeper.

Out! Damn voice.

Out, I say.

Out!

I am never alone, never without The Voice in my head.

Like a scurrilous scorpion piercing my ear,

A taunter, a raver, a thought enslaver,

Berating, belittling –

You and me, same species we be.

You’re a fraud, a faker, not a move-maker.

You’re naive to believe thatyou can achieve

Greatness. Noxiously naive and woefully

Weak with no sting in your tail,

You are doomed to fail.

Release me from these pinching pincher’s,

I wail. Leave me alone, I moan,

Grant me peace from your ominous drone.

The sniping never stops.

Out! Damn voice.

Out, I say.

Out!

I am never alone, never without The Voice in my head.

Like a cumbersome Python, hissing in my ear

This slow-moving predator squeezes

My soul, suffocates my sanity,

Odiously hissing –

You and I, both shed our scaly skins,

Exposing our vulnerability, unveiling our degraded selves within.

Legless, we slither and slide, writhe and coil.

Camouflaged by undergrowth,

Spitting self-serving vindictive wrath,

Treacherous belief.

Wrestling in pain against the puncturing

Brutal fangs, my ribs are crushed,

Constricting my breathing, no blood reaching my brain,

Into darkness, I faint, awaiting death.

The venom never stops.

Out! Damn voice.

Out, I say.

Out!

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