POETRY

Stuck in the Land Between Today and Tomorrow

The thin line between promise and despair

Debdutta Pal
Dec 21, 2020 · 2 min read
Image by Peter Olexa from Pixabay

Tall narrow walls,
never-ending pathways.
A crevice inside my mind,
a self-made trap.

Weak weary bones,
threaten to turn into dust.

Aches erupt from deep within,
a burn rushes through my skin.

Sleep isn’t welcome here,
nor a moment of peace.
Eyes droop and twitch,
yearning for it to cease.

Today I want to rest;
today, I cannot get up.

Tomorrow I want to try
and change the world.

A pen in my quiver,
some words, and some paper.
Start a cascading revolution,
radical thought, and action.

A ripple in the dreary ocean,
a giant wave of change.

A spark of kindness,
a raging fire of compassion.

A thousand steps inwards,
one step outward.
Walk amid thickets of discomfort;
a guiding hand is offered.

Clinging to the horizontal,
can’t rise to the vertical.

Thoughts overtake each other,
numbing their caretaker.

Ideas and plans galore,
zero energy in sight.
Pain befriends doubt;
together they drown hope.

Push me to awaken,
leave the place of limbo.

Stretch my body ineptly,
beg my mind to take control.

So much to do
and much more to try.
A lifetime seems too little;
my destiny just out of reach.

Wring my pillow of tears,
scrub my bed of blood.

Raise an arm one minute,
put it down the next.

Fear flows in; walls close in.
Will I forever be stuck?
In this land, in between
today and tomorrow.

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Debdutta Pal

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Taking a voyage into the depths of my mind, Navigating through waves, currents, and icebergs. Sharing some of my journeys with you.

Storymaker

Storymaker is a publication dedicated to creativity, art, life and work. If you are a creative soul and seek a place to share your short stories, poetry, art, design or your creative process with fellow creatives then consider this your place.

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Written by

Taking a voyage into the depths of my mind, Navigating through waves, currents, and icebergs. Sharing some of my journeys with you.

Storymaker

Storymaker is a publication dedicated to creativity, art, life and work. If you are a creative soul and seek a place to share your short stories, poetry, art, design or your creative process with fellow creatives then consider this your place.

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