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by David R Spellman

I hear voices in my head
try to tell me what to do
when I sleep they whisper
not sweet nothings in my ear
I toss and turn them out
tune in to different dreams
but when I wake again
their chatter is all I hear
a cacophony unrecognized
tirades howl upon the wind
jumbled messages I choose
rather not to understand
let argue amongst themselves
leave me silent to my own
in sanity be rest assured


Posted on 11/20/2002
Copyright © 2020 David R Spellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 11/21/02 at 01:47 AM

Another anthem or epitaph? for our high speed/stressed times, David. Deftly stated sir!

Posted by Anne Howe on 11/21/02 at 09:03 AM

thanks for the read .......... a short and vivid description of this problem of clattering mental clutter

Posted by Mara Meade on 11/21/02 at 01:28 PM

David! Awesome! I like the line, "let argue amongst themselves..." Oh yeah - let them battle it out while you go on about your life! Remaining detached, in some way or form, is what can keep you sane. This is so well said (and the voices in MY head concur, though they're kinda ticked that you're on to them...)

Posted by Richard Paez on 11/21/02 at 02:34 PM

I have to second Lavonuna's comment here, David, this poem alone earns you the title of King of Line Breaks. Everything about this poem is extremely well chosen & placed, but the pauses between lines catapult it from high elevation into stellar orbit. Very well done. Very disturbing. Maybe a sequel giving us a taste of what your little devils whisper in your ear? *hint, hint* Thanks for sharing as always, David. You da man!

Posted by Anne Engelen on 11/21/02 at 02:35 PM

Don't we all hear voices if we really really listen hard? Each time i read it...I feel a little different. (Must be different voices whispering) Great read David:)

Posted by JD Clay on 11/24/02 at 05:14 PM

Boy, I can relate to this. This makes me wonder if muses talk to one another, or if they're one in the same. Nicely scripted pal. Peace...

Posted by Glenn Currier on 11/25/02 at 05:22 AM

Don't you just hate that! One of the nice things about reading your poem, aside from the compactness and well-chosen words, is that there is at least one other who has had this experience. Insanity loves company, eh pal?

Posted by Kristine Briese on 12/02/02 at 08:17 PM

Do your voices know my voices? Excellent work, friend.

Posted by Britt Zimmerman on 11/09/03 at 04:27 AM

I love this! I think you just crawled into my brain ha ha

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/09/06 at 01:45 AM

The human mind is such a busy, busy place - gad.... The last line is brilliant!!

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