Michelle Freeman

Rookie - 0 Points (18 May 1978 / Barbados)

Anguish Part One - Poem by Michelle Freeman

I feel as if I’m dancing forever
Blood rushing
Heart pounding
Breath quickening

As if my last moment on earth
My last chance to live
Is contained in this dance

And if I miss one step, one beat
I’ll be gone forever.


I have to continue dancing
Twisting, turning, spinning, twirling
Until the sun goes
Until the wind dies
Until there is no life
Until …

I feel as if I’m dancing forever
And ever and ever
In slowest motion
Where each face, each expression
Is fixed in my thoughts
For that moment when my heart
No longer wishes to beat its rhythm
Then all else will cease to function


No more life
No more living.
No more breath
No more breathing.
Only eerie silence, expectant waiting
Only light with no origin
Only thoughts like these
Only …

I feel as if I’m dancing forever
And ever and ever
Faster and faster
My heart in my throat
I want to vomit.
It is all a blur
Of meaningless colours
Now one of oppression
I cannot talk, scream my pain.

Stop the speeding!
Stop it! Stop!
It tightens its grip around
My heart, lungs, throat
It plunges into my chest,
Stomach, back
Stop this death!
This murder!
I am not a dancer!
I cannot be this anymore!
Stop!

Written on Friday,11th January 2008


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 22, 2011


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