Struggle

By Chelsea Carter


            (I)
Overtook me
            Strong, as a laugher’s warrant
Grave leaked blue
            Distant barking above
Guttural screams,
            Fear of fire
            Failure
Too long a story,
            The grit is gone
Lived it,
            Hopeless

            (II)

Thumping, shuffling,
            The troubled sleep in desperate hours
Physically disgusted,
            Burned black
Cramping,
            Rough and dull
Frantic straits,
            Shift and twist, slacken the resin
Jangled above,
            Little Knife out of reach.

            

            Reach.