Deafening, twisting slumbers.
Warm green layers cannot shield
cold shivers in the walls
as the minutes crawl sluggishly; mockingly
across the horizon shifting
too slowly for comfort.
Waterlogged brain, dive down
fighting focus and speech, reaching,
pressing heavy on the stubborn shell.
Draw beating pressures out with song
oscillating mind and heart,
avoid the silence of the spiral.
Drift to sleep for now,
when you wake you will be emptied
Madi von Benecke is a psychology graduate at Monash University Malaysia. Growing up, she has had to make a temporary home of several different countries; a lifestyle which has manifested itself into a writing style that is both worldly and distant. Her writing often explores themes of time, the shadow self, and self-acceptance.