Thursday, October 5, 2017

deepest


wake me
from my deepest sleep
shake me soft
hold me close
catch me
catch me
if I fall
for I just might
when I open
my eyes,
 
for a moment
there I am
the world comes
into focus
focus
feel my body yawn
back to life
from the deep
my deepest
sleep,

the air
unfolds and falls
before my feet
will stir
and lift me safe
and ease me
ease me
hold me
keep me sound
falling down.

the skin
that keeps my
feelings in
it lets me breathe
take a breath
imperfections
know
I know
I'm just the same
today.

© robert greig 2017


Monday, June 5, 2017

fish

fish
swimming
upstream spawning
downstream dreaming
days of long migrations
nights of lost reflections.


© robert greig 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

creatures of habit

we’re creatures of habit
habitually wearing
our habits like monks
with nun but ourselves
to blame


obsessive
compulsive
some even repulsive
feeding them
eking them out
like a spiritual need


fraying
abrading
the things that we do
and those that we don’t


repressive
regressive
recessive in genes
creatures of nature
buried in nurture
abandoning instinct for more
of the same


homogeneity
sculpting imperatives
straining repetitive
drowning in sedatives
clinging on tentative
tenterhooks
vacant looks
falling in line


and minding the gap

mirroring mirrors
identity withered
reflected
rejected
one, disconnected
two for collective unconscious
three for amnesia seams
four for shredding a dream


pacified
classified
lethargy lured
with comfort and joy
enjoying inhabiting
bearable scraps
of weather-worn skin


jaded
and wasted
craving an encore
encore
an encore
craving for more
more of the same
what’s in a name
but a weary refrain
a creature of habit
taking the strain


snap!
goes the sinew
a fracture of bone
time to go home
lock all the doors
and turn off the lights
tomorrow too soon
to bring
more of the same
of the same
of the same
more of the same
a train going nowhere
again.

© robert greig