by Madi

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

and functioning.



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.