Be gentle with me — careful now. My mind is fragile; I’m weak, somehow.

I’m not myself

Whatever that means

I slur my words

Be gentle with me.

Your careless ways

Stutter my speech

Careful, now

Be gentle with me.

Alone, again

As night falls fast

How long will this

Cold deathwish last?

I’m shaking here

Frost nipping toes

You warm me up —

Places no one goes.

So shut the door

Swing the blinds

Be gentle with me

And my fragile mind.




My butterfly effect — take me where I need to be.

Fold my body into a paper heart

Reflect my outside from my insides

Open me like a paper toy

Tell me what you see.

Foxes chase the forest fowl

Sly and cunning with the kill

You snip my scarlet sleeve with ease

Swallow me whole.

Close the chest at the foot of my bed

Lock it with a red key

Tired of your gruesome game

I let sleep carry me.

Take me into the darkest night

Where bats collect the bugs

A cave painted black by dusk

Shrouded like a cape.

Day breaks and I pull my body

Apart from slumber’s jacket

Metamorphosis brings new life

My butterfly effect.



Sleep holds me close

Like a lost never-ever lover

Forever a dream

No longer reality.

My subconscious burns

His memory in my brain

Cold dusk and bright dawn

Oxymorons of the mind.

I shut my eyes to the world

But, in my head I’m still a pearl

Sheep jump hurdles while I swirl

Fast asleep — the heart keeps beating.

You are mine and I am yours

For now, apart and still sore

Achy hearts make better scores

Soundtrack to life plays on repeat.

I’m wide awake.