So Numb Within

The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.

— Marcel Proust




voices in the fire


& signs in the fog


& there’s a phone ringing
fading slowly


so go without luggage


& so numb within


you stop for a while
where you know no-one/


(fluorescent fears of madness:


a hard lump
dark and glowing inside my brain)


my likeness my brain:
growing old



open-eyed & fighting back


electric icons/
& fears drip

from my













Peter Bies © 2010




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