Miz Quickly’s Deal Breaker

The Dregs

It’s not a little water,
it’s an ocean that sweeps between.
He is lost, beyond poorly, too deep
in his thoughts, as if
to turn a key might unlock them all,
uncork his head of
regret and guilt and neglect.
It is a repetition in his ear. 
The dregs of him.
But his unruly heart
is a weakness, and his thoughts
are vapours beyond words.
He sleeps, unconscious, as his
devils leave him behind.

Written for Miz Quickly’s “Deal Breaker” – write about a deal breaker without actually mentioning it. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

8 responses to “Miz Quickly’s Deal Breaker”

  1. Lines 3 to 5 especially.


  2. uncorking his head of regret…wow!


  3. “Thoughts vapourous beyond words…” I know this. beautiful work. Sister.


    1. Many, many thanks!


  4. I was watching a magic act where the guy said he’d sold his soul… I’m not sure I would want to state that – but then prestidigitation artists and mentalist sure do seem like they have an unnatural connection to something. I can see your verse in a few folks I know (and wonder about).


    1. “prestidigitation” … what a fabulous word.

      Liked by 1 person

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