Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eighty-fourth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and short story author Jade Kennedy.
A Sleepless Summer
I’m always sleepless in summer
My bones call to me
in morbid tones
to be bleached by the sun
A summer’s night
and its madness;
my skin tastes of salt
and murmurings of fortunes
Harsh and stung
by the green growth that summer brings,
finding the tastes
of sap, dry soil on my lips
and it calls to me
in my rigid bones …
For a wish cast in that moment
cast adrift like a stolen feather,
they are the ones that haunt us
and we wonder why
our bodies yearn for a thought …
or a simple blush of sunlight.
I asked Jade what prompted this piece and she said…
I have always had trouble sleeping in summer, ever since I was a child. I wanted to explore this in the poem and incorporate the feel and tastes of restless sleep, even the thoughts that come to the surface during the heat.
Thank you, Jade. I loved it (writing this as sun streams through my curtains). 🙂
She has had her poetry in Poet and Geek, Rain Dogs, Eclectic Eel issues 1,2&3, Ether Books, Brevity Poetry Review, and included in the poetry anthology, ‘The Universe Inside’.
She writes a blog – ‘Borrowed Expressions’ at http://www.jadekennedywriter.blogspot.co.uk.
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