Monday, February 27, 2012


I can barely understand 
My own handwriting 
Let alone my fucked up mind
Like I'm rolling around 
On the very same bedsheets 
That make my scalp itch
In a cloud of cigarette smoke
I can hear morning birds chirp
I can see the sun rise 
Without a wink of sleep 
I wonder why they say 
Sleep is the cousin of death 
When not getting any will 
Kill you quicker 
As I dread the coming day 
In rush of a returning night 
To drink away
Stayin' awake is 
The real motherfucker 
Bathed in a great deal of denial 
This tub is my home 
With every ounce of 
Whiskey tainted water
That splashes from my dropping
A bottle only makes this moment 
That much sweeter 

©2012 Anthony Desmond Scott. All Rights Reserved.

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Heaven said...

Strong write Anthony...I specially like the irony here:

To drink away
Stayin' awake

Brian Miller said...

dang dude...rough night...and stayin awake can be tough...esp when you know it will only get worse if you close those eyes...

Natasha Head said...

Without assistance, ahem...I can't sleep. I have my ways of slaying the beasts that tend to attack when I close my eyes...whiskey works well too. Feel your pain, poet!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Like sprinkling holy water on sacred documents... a different kind of blessing. You really dug into your words well, Anthony!

junesanjuan said...

heavy imagery...darkness is there while asleep or awake...and it's like you pose a question: which is the lesser of the two nightmares.
Love this:
Sleep is the cousin of death
When not getting any will
Kill you quicker
Great job!

Claudia said...

ugh...hard night...Bathed in a great deal of denial...too much drinking to forget..and still..the pain is mightier than sleep..

mrs mediocrity said...

i feel your pain... been there, done that... it's brutal. this is a great write, perfectly captures the frustration, despair, endlessness of those nights.

Anonymous said...

Well written. The bottle is a depressant and so dropping it breaks the cycle. Visceral and clear imagery.

Joseph Hesch said...

The subject of sleep and dreams (mostly the lack of) is one of my favorites. You've captured the powerful images and crazed thoughts perfectly.

Great job, Anthony, as always. j

David Caruso said...

I like the way the lines come in short, quick & harsh like a shot of whisky.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Perfect, and yes, I been there

"I wonder why they say
Sleep is the cousin of death
When not getting any will
Kill you quicker"

preach, brutha.

Beth Winter said...

rough and raw... Excuse my language here but this is a fuckitleavemealone cause the world sucks and whiskey is my friend poetry captured in its desperate perfection.

Anonymous said...

Yikes this is harsh, but damn if I haven't been there.

PoppySilverUK said...

Wow! Delivered with conviction and what a flow! Hits hard, loved it! Poppy :)

Aaron Kent said...

This poem is absolutely ace. I love the way the words flow and definitely understand where you are coming from.
You are one of my favourite poets at the moment.

Daydreamertoo said...

The nights always seem never ending too when you can`t sleep. The minutes seem to pass by in slow motion. Wonderful imagery. I can almost sense the anger, frustration and sleep deprivation too. A great write :)

Arron Shilling said...

you keep bringing it too man - consistancy is the key and your on it...

you keep a bringin ill keep a readin

your style is A1... would be great to hear you read it man or maybe i do anyways... it feels like i do.

superb work - i kicked my boney ass :)

Anonymous said...

I really love this poem. Raw, gnawing at my guts, making me squirm feeling those nights or what it must feel like. Excellent, Anthony

Mama Zen said...

Really intense piece. Strong imagery that stays with you.

ayala said...

Intense...I love these lines...In a cloud of cigarette smoke
I can hear morning birds chirp
I can see the sun rise
Without a wink of sleep
I wonder why they say
Sleep is the cousin of death .......

My dad used to say that he will sleep when he is dead. Sadly he is sleeping now with the angels.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Powerful, moving, and tragic. Makes me want to try and rescue this person, to be very honest, hahaha. But is rescuing truly within any human's power?

I really enjoyed this, and I look forward to reading more.

aidz said...

Sweet words that echo'd my life at times..especially Mondays!!! enjoyed muchly

Alex Dissing said...

"The plan was to drink until the pain over. But what's worse, the pain or the hangover?" I love the hip-hop reference in this. Love this whole thing, actually.

WINDOWLAD said..., ah how often i've done the same..

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Strong intense write - excellent.

Anna :o]

Myrna R. said...

Tough way to deal with pain. It causes more. Harsh, good write.

Caty said...

sounds like a never ending hangover! Great and powerful imagery here, Anthony.

really liked these lines:
"Sleep is the cousin of death
When not getting any will
Kill you quicker"

Anonymous said...

Intense and powerful write! As a fellow insomniac, I feel your pain.

emmett wheatfall said...

Fabulous!! You keep knocking the ball out of the park. Exceptional work my friend.