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Mar 292015
 

by Luis Neer

1.

i have been cornered by a simple and a cosmic pain.

the ceiling i’ve stared at for so long now

     has grown old and lost its beauty.

 

my skin feels like rubber i want to get out of it.

there’s thunder rolling through my skull.

i haven’t forgotten

     there are still beautiful things to be seen.

somewhere, peace

is waiting for me.

 

2.

when i am at the ocean, i am at peace.

     i have fallen in love with the ocean,

          with its whisper and its roar.

 

now everything is quiet as i look up at the lonesome ceiling.

 

3.

i have been cornered by a cosmic pain.

i am staring at the ceiling and everything feels like fog.

walking through the hallways, all the walls

     seem more like grimy windows.

 

all the people look like cylinders, sound like

     lawn mowers.

 

i am at war on the inside.

 

4.

i have been cornered by a simple pain.

everything is quiet and i feel lonely everywhere i go

as all the hallway people appear to me

     without faces,

     making noises like lawn mowers.

 

i am at war on the inside.

i am at war with everything.

 

 5.

once i walked barefoot along the ocean shore

     and felt the glow of God rolling in with the water,

     knew i wasn’t alone, i had never been alone.

i wanted to start running but my feet were cold and sore

so i just smiled

     and loved my self

          and loved the ocean

               and loved every person i passed.

 

6.

i am not always at war

     but when i am, i am sleepwalking.

 

i am not always at war

     but when i am, i am in the wrong place.

 

i am not always at war.

when i am, the ocean goes on

roaring.