Treasure Island

Justin Tallman

(September 4th,1989 / Milwaukee, WI)

The Alleys of Madness


I walk through
The maddening alleys
In search of
A God
and a Dragon
Only to find
A pointless
liquor store

From this
I was left in
The fearful insanity
As horrible as
A blank document

What a wasteland
this empty space was
All that resided
the sheer terror
Of a journey which lead
Nowhere
If nowhere were to
Exist

Passionless and cold
My eyes were
as they desperately scanned
The uneventful surroundings
for a soul to gaze upon

My throat was left
with out laughter
And any forceful attempt
Only led to a frightening
Gag reflex

The inner rhythm
of my eardrums
Lost it's Jazzy soul
And all notes, lyrics,
beats, choruses
and vibrato
Wasted away
Into the cold
Milwaukee sky

I am now left
Blind, deaf, mute
and dumb
Existing as a
Useless husk

I quest on
to the inner
Perdition of my
mind

I find
a boy smoking
a cigarette
Who explains:
'You're just
relating with
The World.'

Submitted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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This poem was inspired by a pretty frightening experience I had while I was under the influence of Psilocybin mushrooms.

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