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Distracting Intrusive Thoughts

Another Dancing with Distraction Challenge entry!

By Paul StewartPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Distracting Intrusive Thoughts
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Intrusive thoughts

Suffocate me

Torture me

Rattle me

As I try to sleep, try to rest, try to forget

Creeping like death, the moment I close my eyes

Tattooed on my mind

Incapacitating me

Only comfort is sleep, when and if it comes

Nullifying me


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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock4 months ago

    Last night I couldn't tell whether my eyes were closed or not. I couldn't feel my eyelids. That was distracting!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Those SOB night-time thoughts. It's the ones I have when I wake in the middle of the night and can't fall back to blissful numbing sleep. You described these feelings perfectly.

  • Andrei Z.4 months ago

    This was good, Paul! And IS true. Does 'nullifying' = 'resetting' or 'canceling out'?

  • Kristen Balyeat4 months ago

    Paul, this is really such a powerful piece! The stillness/quiet does bring on the onslaught. I have been there, where sleep is the only thing that seems to soothe life's hardships. Beautiful job conveying this common feeling!

  • Only comfort is sleep, when and if it comes. That line hit me so hard! Brilliant poem!

  • Brenton F4 months ago

    This is really good Paul. It can be so hard to empty your mind sometimes!

  • ARC4 months ago

    Another strong piece, Paul. *Disclaimer* I'm your friend, and this is unsolicited. So throw this (the fck) out if it doesn't resonate with you, ok? But I have a question for you: Have you ever just *listened* to the thoughts? As though you were listening to someone else speaking? Is there harm in hearing what they have to say? 💙

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    gorgeous work! Sorry 2 hear that you are dealing with them... PRAYING! 🙏🏾

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