Unwelcome Thoughts

Like small white balls

Air-blown in cage machine

For bingo games, unwelcome

Unbidden thoughts continually

Burst to surface of conscious

Mind, short-circuiting transitory

Peace, hurtling me off on 

Deadly tormented tangents…

I hurriedly try to race ahead

Of them, make escape, while

At the same time, tugging on

Reins to stop their hell-bent

Gallop toward cliff’s edge…

Surely they are invisible barbed

Demons from spirit world

Beneath earth’s verdure and

Glorious rich depths of sea… they

Are not invited, must I repeat

Destroyer’s stealthy assault minions

Sent specifically to slay me

 ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.


Quarantined Thoughts

Prompt: Quarantined Thoughts

As a child, rebuked, mocked

Humiliated for voicing thoughts

Learned to quarantine them, lock…

Though from time to time, I’d forget

Words would slip from safety net

Till I grew tiny bit older, bolder

Then edict was made sternly clear

None had any interest to hear

Questions, opinions; far-flying notions

Were denied expression, as if they’d retire

Or unveiled verbosity promptly expire

(Back in quarantine, muzzled merely)

But it’s a new season, wings glide free…

Those from the Past cannot hinder

Hold vice-grip’s power over me

Frowning faces can’t deter, sway

What heart’s desire burns to say…

Pandemic’s held our planet captive

‘Cept for thoughts…most spared quarantine

Brain’s boisterous thinkers enjoy right to live

 ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.