Joyce Rugg

Rookie (2/21/1996- / olean new york)

Straightjacket Sleep - Poem by Joyce Rugg

Bound by the shackles of sleep
As venom crawls through my veins
Drowning in the terrifying deep
Dragged down by night’s black chains

I sleep, but there’s no rest
Another fight, but now I’m helpless
I fail the most important test
All I see, frightening and senseless

Reality slides through my grasp
The monsters are closing in
Babbling voices a rusted rasp
Bloody claw marks show where they’ve been

My mind more twisted with each turn
It seems there’s no way out
Locked inside, I watch myself burn
To this chaos, a slave devout

Terror-trapped in a bloody rut
The wounds they cause
No simple paper cut
Not easily fixed with gauze

Darkness and horror: madness and strife
A nightmare painting, shadows and gory light
Running through hell to save my life
My only option, a cliff’s edge flight

Behind me, I can feel their breath
I know I’ll never leave alive
Either way lies certain death
One last breath: I take the dive


Comments about Straightjacket Sleep by Joyce Rugg

  • Geoffrey Ngoima Ndegwa. (10/3/2011 11:33:00 AM)

    Please don't take the dive, my slave devout! ! ! An excellent portrayal of deep inner struggle, very good.... There are so many lines i like in this.... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 3, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 4, 2011


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