29 March: for RDP “Consequences”

AI artwork, dark clouds and flooding with an adult and child looking on

The Consequence of Sleeplessness

1:00am I wake up; my brain is writing poetry. Recite it three times, I tell myself, and then it’ll stick when you wake up. I fall asleep mid-sentence.

2:30am I’m always surprised how cold the bathroom floor is in the middle of the night. A cold floor cures a cramp in your foot, I remind myself. You don’t have a cramp in your foot. You just need to pee. I’m trying to remember – what – yeah, lines. A poem. And those clouds poured down on us. If you see God’s face, you’re dead. My gran told me that when I was young. Too scared to look at the sky after that. For a short while. I can’t believe how cold this floor is.

5:30am I think I’m dreaming that it’s light outside. Those clouds poured their grief on us, Mama’s saying Look up and see the face of God. I’m mid-sentence again.

7:00am I hate waking up to traffic reports of storm drains flooding and road closures.

And those clouds
poured their grief on us,

while Mama’s saying,
Look up and see the face of God,

and we were a little less afraid
of drowning after that.

Written for Ragtag Daily Prompt “consequence” AI Digital Artwork is created using Midjourney. Imagery and poems ©Misky 2023 Shared on Twitter #amwriting @midjourney

8 responses to “29 March: for RDP “Consequences””

  1. Yes. I like the prose. It’s clear in the way thought is during those windows—sharp with furry spirals.

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    1. Geese, what a night. Feels like I didn’t sleep a wink. Been feeling off kilter all day.


  2. Cold tile floor and a cramp in my foot…works every time.

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    1. Yes. Every.Single.Time!!

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  3. A horrible night but a great recollection of it. I love the use of repetition. And that powerful image of pouring clouds. And then the ending where fear turns to something more positive. Trust perhaps?


    1. I’m glad that you like it, although I have no clue what any of it means beyond what it is at face value. The little poem will probably show up somewhere in the April A-Z Challenge.


  4. I loved how the prose and the poem came together.


  5. I absolutely love the poem. (Sorry for the fretful night)


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