Thank: Acceptance of Life’s Complexities

Thank - Spectre of the Brocken - Ran Kime

Lying dormant in my bed like an unfamiliar terrain, 

a place where sleep eludes, and eyelids pull like concrete sheets.

‘Just be,’ 

says the advice from cheap books, 

overpriced therapists, 

and the wisdom of a gypsy, paid by the minute, hidden in an alcove on the boardwalk.

I attempt compliance, 

only until I can’t stand it any longer. 

Just before it turns around and retaliates, 

then stalks within.

I hope, 

I surrender,

I plead, 

and at times… 

I feel the urge to extinguish my thoughts on a Boston sidewalk.

The craving persists, 

etched like an indelible imprint.

I wish to leave when my journey concludes. 

A declaration that I tried.

I awake and find myself standing on a metaphorical stage, 

Spot lit with malice.

Accepting an award for my ambiguous performance at life.

Expressing gratitude seems weak,

The weight of insomnia summons the fog 

and confines me to the limited scope of words at a podium.

Nevertheless, 

here it goes…

‘I would like to thank…’

Thank: You can find this story in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer.”

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.