Wanting to But Not Being Able to Want to

The echoes thundering out my bedroom window haven’t left since the day I unraveled.

The ghosts in the walls maintain their movements as if locked in place.

They’re sneaking under the sheets and burying under the carpet,

concealed in a fortress of dust.

I tried to stamp them out but they break and attach,

track on my footsteps from the hospital to that place six feet under the ground.

They’re telling stories of you and me and all of those endless hypotheticals,

delving into the theoretical of what binds an eyesight to another;

the same questions that drain your heart and impose inaction when common sense begs motion.

If only you weren’t so poetic, I would have burned you all down if I could,

stripping planks and fabric to exterminate the thought.

But that grip you keep on my shoulder is a comfort every time I feel its pinch.

Maintain that rigid control with your handcuffs.

I’m bound and bound to always be bound by a repeating drama.

It’s enough to render me sleepless,

throwing myself into old photographs that hurt more than help.

I can’t tell anymore if I’m my own antagonist for remembering each regret they portray

and holding on to it, weighing my eyelids down.

If anyone asks, I’m not going out.

If anyone asks, I’m still at the start.

If you’re wandering on the old street and those neighborhood haunts,

I’m still at home.

I’m listening to static in my eardrums and watching my alarm clock march forward.

Time is progressing but my life is falling backward.

If anyone asks, I never left the room.


( ❤ Mitch)


  1. Just read it and I’m loving it, it definitely evokes a feeling from me and resonates hard. I feel like this one would do really well, the imagery and word choice are resonating and succinct. Starting with a thunder crashing outside where a much more safe inside crawls with ghosts that are likely much worse than the thunder itself makes the chaos of the outside world enviable. The series of “If anyone asks” oozes an undertone beck-and-call for me, like “If anyone asks” and a whispered “I doubt they will”. It’s a very personal poem, one that reveals and one that is meant to resonate with others just as much as simply letting out a sigh of the bottled and stagnate emotions kept inside. I love the posts so far, keep them coming!

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    1. merzkehd says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad it was able to speak to you in such a clear manner. That’s all I could ever hope to accomplish with my work.


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