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10 Minute Poetry: “Drowse”

“Drowse” by Michal Mitchell

Lie awake, in the night,

Dream of sleep, in the light

Your eyes are sore

So’s your mind

So’s your feet 

So’s your life

When you dream

Dream of sleep

What does that do?

What do they think?

Stay awake,

If you can

Dream of peace

Dream of sand

Dream a shore

Dream a beach

Where the weather

Is 211 degrees

Before boiling

That’s the point

Before swimming

Take a joint

Take a swim

Into the lake

Into the waves

Out past the hate

Take a dip

Take a dive

Flap your feet

Control your mind

Or carry it out

Unto the sea

Tell it what

It longs to be

And when the waves

Crash to the shore

They crash your brain

All what for?

You will remember

The very land

That you slept in

Toes in the sand

And when you sleep

— You never will

Or at least that’s how it seems

When you’re ill —

You will dream

Of your nightmare

Of your paradise

Hunt and kill

The beasts inside

Or take your shoes off

Offer a ride

Into the water

Into the sea

And remember

Who you dreamt you’d be.


“10 Minute Poetry” is my own weekly poet’s game; one in which I write an original piece of poetry, with nothing but a given title, in ten minutes.


Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more original poetry at @jackycoocoo

Michal Mitchell is freelance writer and graduate from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in English. Her passions include, writing poetry for her "10 Minute Poetry" column, fiction, screenplays and delving into a Chopin Étude every now and then. When she's not writing for Her Campus, she seeks solace in the ventures of her mind. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @jackycoocoo for poetry, celebrity interviews, fiction, articles, or to commission her for an article.
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