Safe and Sound

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Tonight is a bad night.

Your heart is beating quickly,

In time with the clock on the wall:

Tick-tock, thump, throb.

You submit yourself to the feeling

Of your blood pounding fast.

Follow, follow, pour, pump.

You close your eyes and give in

To the ringing in your ears.

Ring, ring, thump, throb, silence.

You reach for the bottle to pour another shot.

Bang, bang, shoot 'em up.

You swallow more misery trying to loosen

The lump of lead in your throat.

Tonight, is a bad night.

You're remembering him too clearly again.

As you sit by the window waiting

For the gravel driveway to lie to you,

He rolls over in bed with little Miss

Stars and Stripes on top again.

You're fine though. You're okay.

You've been popping pills all day.

And you're heart's still beating,

It's still pumping, throbing,

To the rhythm of the clock on the wall.

Tick-tock, thump, throb, swallow, swallow.

Down goes two more shots, but your breath

Is still fogging up the window and your

Heart is still working, barely.

As you stare at the phone, waiting for it

To lie to you, he goes downstairs to the front desk

For more towels and hits on the hotel clerk

Who wasn't smart enough to know what you know.

You're stumbling to bed,

Vision blurred, judgment impared, sex drive howling.

You're alone on your bed,

And the clock on the wall is ticking, tocking

Rocking you back and forth to sleep.

A very deep sleep indeed.

As you lie in bed dying, sleeping, barely breathing,

Your heart thumping, throbbing

Slowly out of rhythm with the clock, the world,

He puts on his clothes and sneaks out

While another girl sleeps in the bed you made.

Submitted: May 04, 2008

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Brian Peza Perrins

Great piece Kathryn, strong content!

Tue, May 6th, 2008 3:14pm


Thanks, Brian! I appreciate the comment, as always, and am glad you liked it.

Tue, May 6th, 2008 3:46pm


Wow, yeah, really good! Perhaps my favourite of yours as of yet! I love the sound of the piece more than anything else. You can hear all the 'ticks' and 'tocks' and pains in the story.

"You're fine though. You're okay.

You've been popping pills all day."

I think that may be my favourite two lines, but it's all very clever.
good stuff!
matmoo :)

Thu, May 8th, 2008 3:50pm


You have successfully picked out everything I liked about this poem too- including those two lines. It's kind of a hybrid form between rhyming and free verse and I thought it was kind of catchy myself. Perhaps I can rework it later on and see if I can make it into lyrics, because it has a really great beat/rhythm pulsing through it. Thanks so much for the comment, as usual. I saw you posted a few things the other day so I'll have to take the time to read them here soon.

Thu, May 8th, 2008 2:39pm


Oh my i loved this one!!!
Too many good lines to repeat.

Mon, May 12th, 2008 2:32am


Wow, what a comment. Those are the best kinds. I'm glad you loved it! Thanks for the read and comment, as always. (Good to see you back on booksie.)

Mon, May 12th, 2008 2:01pm

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