Surface Dweller – 1Wise-Woman

Prison of promises
Delusions for the damned
Lies and betrayal
Death comes in intervals
Layer upon layer
Until all that is left are
Living dead
Shuffling round my head
Knocking at the door
Needing more
Offering less
Say you will save me
Whispering I love you
Behind my back
Fingers crossed
Soul stealer
Contradictions collect
In cranial crevices
Where absurdity blurs
Redundant reality
Devil keeps me company
Tap tap tapping claws
On protruding spine
Reciting rhymes
Psalms of sacrifice
Fracturing fault lines
Interrupting time
Minutia mocks me
Days become weeks
Become months
Become hell on earth
Eroded
Dusted eyes
Search ashen skies
Stifling cries
Regurgitated hope
Assures every ending
Begets a new beginning
Rueful rebirth
I’m waiting
Gunpowder on my breath
Surface dwellers
Feign faith
While I die my last death


[1Wise-Woman: “I am living, fighting, and thriving with mental illness and chronic disease and a need to express myself. Writing eases some of the weight I carry.” When she isn’t yanking shadowy strands of leathery clumps of unconscious, and tenderly placing them into word documents, she is creating at A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave.]

Author: Sudden Denouement

A Literary Collective

43 thoughts on “Surface Dweller – 1Wise-Woman”

  1. My dear Wise One– I have always been a huge fan of your work but the imagery in this just blew me away.

    “Prison of promises
    Delusions for the damned
    Lies and betrayal
    Death comes in intervals
    Layer upon layer
    Until all that is left are
    Living dead
    Shuffling round my head
    Knocking at the door
    Needing more
    Offering less”

    “Whispering I love you
    Behind my back
    Fingers crossed”

    “Contradictions collect
    In cranial crevices”

    This captured me both emotionally and viscerally

    Liked by 2 people

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