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Travelling at the speed of light,
Travelling down the wire,
Travelling around the world,
Life on a razor wire,

Did you give me a glance just then?
Did you even notice?
Did I flash past, far too fast?
Did you?

It’s break neck,
It’s fireball fury,
It’s a poet’s angst,
Cut into your arm,

Did you give me a glance just then?
Did you not notice?
The shadow I cast as I flashed past?
Did you?

It’s break down,
It’s recovery,
It’s convalescent,
In decline,

Travelling at snail’s pace,
Travelling down the road,
Travelling through my mind,
Life on life support.

©Nigel D Paul 2013


In todays featured poem, Nigel brings us into a world of turmoil, of turbulent emotions, of a life without the brakes on. Utilising brutal, desperate repetition and a breathless, break-neck style and meter, the reader is grabbed by the throat and drawn into this full-speed ahead world, taking them along for the ride and does not let them go until the final line.

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