Thursday, October 12, 2006

All Scratched Up


Sometimes, I’ll have a problem
lay against the back wall of my skull,
and scratch at it like a dog with fleas,

thumpthumpthump
thumpthumpthump...

most irritating to say the least, and
normally in the middle of the night.

I stroke it, massage it,
drag my nail-bitten fingers
over and over its obnoxious hide,

but it sits right where it is,
thumpthumpthump
thumpthumpthump…

The loss of sleep is inconsequential,
putting the Sun over scratched-up skin
wears like hell!

21 comments:

MB said...

Doggone it. I hate that. Good luck today, whatever it is!

gautami tripathy said...

GOD! You described my insomniac feelings to a "T"....

Beautiful piece of writing...

Sorry for being here so late. Too much in my mind lately.

Poetry by Kai said...

thump thump thump

Inconsequential said...

nice :)

but then, i tend to avoid thinking when going to bed :)

hmm, maybe i tend to avoid thinking.

:)

Osquer said...

Uh-huh.

polona said...

i know the feeling... hope the reason for this excellent piece is gone!

Anonymous said...

ha! i can relate to this one, pat. i've been going to bed at 11.30pm but not getting to sleep until 3.00am because of all these little poems going around inside my head! thank you for reassuring me that i am not alone!

samuru999 said...

Great poem Pat!

Anonymous said...

So raw but so true.

How many of us have spent nights awake becuase of this?!

Love it, so well put

dsnake1 said...

take care, pat.
is it a headache?

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

"lay against the back wall of my skull"
I love it! :)

Russell Ragsdale said...

You have put a handle (and it sounds like a few scratch marks too) on something untouchable. Great stuff Pat!

Natalia L. Rudychev said...

Know the feeling. Great write!

Amalendu said...

ha.. ha.. Its lovely Pat...
I wish to listen to you reading this tragic melody

Pat Paulk said...

MB, life is OK! Thank you!!

Gautami, sorry for the "too much". It is a condition of being human, at least from time to time. Thank you!!

Kai, thanks thanks thanks!!

In consequential, too much tends to keep the night awake!!

Osquer, for sure!!

Polona, it was really more general than something specific. Just the way I am, sometimes. Obviously, not alone. Thank you!!

Juan Matus, I refuse to let those little boogers run loose after 10 p.m.!! Dire consequences if they do!!

Thank you Margie!!

Whispers, we all are human aren't we?

Dsnake, no headache, a pain somewhere else!!! Thank you!!

Thanks Andrew!! I guess it gets more reverberation there.

Thank you Darth!!

We all do from time to time. Thank you Natalia!!

Amalendu, I have to figure out how to do that. I love it on other sites.

Eric said...

when ISN'T there a problem lodged against the back wall of my skull?
well done.

Pat Paulk said...

Eric, good question. Glad to see your still around!!

Masago said...

I love the analogies!

mikaelah said...

this one has me scratching imaginary itches and checking for fleas!

Nea said...

very descriptive of those late night vigils with just a brain full of thoughts.......aren't the people who have no thought, lucky....haha they can sleep at night.

Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Wow! Hmm....sounds nasty, but very well described!