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STARING CONTEST

TaJuan is an aspiring writer hoping to gain experience and growth through publishing passionate works, like this one, online for the world.

“look away”

i yell at the walls

for they had the gull

to stare

where?

at me

you see

each night

it's a fight

a contest

that decides

the best

starer

the walls versus i

four versus one guy

and it would be a lie

to say that i ever win

i'm a loser within

but each night

we dim the lights

and stare at one another

like a baby gazes at their mother

but with more ferocity

honestly

i hate these walls

but they’re all i have

when i'm in the bed

under the sheets

wishing to imitate dead

wishing to finally sleep

but can't

so i pace around

to and fro

to and fro

maybe to tire myself out

i don’t know

back and forth

back and forth

maybe with some thought

i could morph

to be something different

somewhere different

we call it a dream

nothing obscene

just an escape

from the hell

someone created

mated

were the walls and my mind

in a union to give me a bad time

tick tock

tick tock

goes the clock

keeping pace

like my feet

back and forth

to and fro

go go go

don’t stop

no stop

please drop

this game

blink blink blink

walls you win again

think think think

of somewhere to go

anywhere but here

count the sheep

one two three

four five six

pick up the sticks

seven eight nine

walls win every time

yes i remember

thoughts in circles

running laps

around an imaginary track

let me back track

okay walls

rematch


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