4/3/4 (anxiety suite)

#105:

haven’t felt right
all morning
woken from dream

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#106:

something is wrong
with my heart
it aches, it aches

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#107:

i need to cry
but i’m scared
i’ll never stop

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#108:

not suicide
but instead
death by neglect

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#109:

all i dream of
is to once
just be happy

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#110:

anxiety
renders me
incapable

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#111:

depressed depressed
depressed de
pressed depressed de

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#112:

wasted a week
playing no
mans fucking sky

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#113:

yes i am a
failure
of a human

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#114:

i have begun
to lose my
whole fucking mind

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#115:

my self laid bare
competence
is beyond me

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#116:

i can’t keep my
heart beating
any longer

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#117:

i cannot bring
myself to
believe you care

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#118:

yes i could do
anything
if i weren’t me

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#119:

a tiredness
creeping in
need something new

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#120:

my teeth all buzz
as if they’re
electrified

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#121:

imprecision
of language
a failing mind

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#122:

i cannot write
anything
longer than this

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#123:

one two three four
five six sev
en eight nine ten

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#124:

i would blame this
on others
but it’s all me

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#125:

the crows nested
in my heart
the worms, my mind

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#126:

i like to sit
by the sea
dream of drowning

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#127:

a small comfort
in the dream
as if its real

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#128:

but then i wake
and somehow
its not the same

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#129:

please forgive me
for my crimes
i’ve repented

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#130:

i’m just not good
at any
thing at all

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Notes:

1. Written in September and October, 2019
2. Previous collections can be found here: #1; #2; #3; #4

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4/3/4 (#4)

yet another
collection
of these poems

that aren’t really
poems at
all, now, are they

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#79: spite, obduracy

the whole point of
this is that
it annoys you

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#80: a failure of words

there is not a
clear way to
say this at all

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#81: on pens #1

i don’t like this
pen but its
all i have left

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#82: on pens #2

ink doesn’t flow
correctly
across the page

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#83: on pens #3

scratching away
the paper
each word a scar

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#84: on pens #4

left the lid off
ink’s gone dry
pen thrown in bin

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#85: sufficiently advanced self-awareness is indistinguishable from self-pity

i do not like
who i am
even slightly

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#86: on waking #3

my brain has shrunk
like a voles
in midwinter

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#87: lost in a dream (variation #1)

lost in a dream
of a life
hazy, drifting

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#88: lost in a dream (variation #2)

lost in a dream
of my own
constant failings

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#89: lost in a dream (variation #3)

lost in a dream
of a world
unrecognised

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#90: bird poem #1

seven egrets
in a row
still as statues

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#91: bird poem #2

a thousand ducks
braced against
the winter wind

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#92: bird poem #3

crow flying off
holding an
egg in its beak

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#93: bird poem #4

the cormorant
dives below
gulls hover above

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#94: bird poem #5

a swan’s feather
floating past
caught in the wind

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#95: the coming end of the bird poem cycle

cat sauntering
across road
over the fence

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#96: happiness

road black with rain
heavy boots
joy of puddles

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#97:

the puddle fits
perfectly
in its own hole

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#98: despair #1

made the mistake
of reading
twitter today

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#99: despair #2

some people seem
to really
want civil war

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#100: waiting for the doors #1

phone-lit faces
punctuate
the snaking queue

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#101: waiting for the doors #2

cigarette smoke
matching breath
bring your own fog

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#102: the end of the process

this little box
is full now
of written words

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#103: a lifetime of regrets

so many words
i shouldn’t
ever have said

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#104:

a perfect world
as silent
and still as snow

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Notes:

1. Written in September and October 2019
2. The three previous collections of 4/3/4 poems can be found here, here and here
3. Bird poem #3 was actually based on a misidentification
4. And it was a walnut in the crow’s beak
5. rather than an egg
6. I disocvered this yesterday, when a crow dropped a walnut on the road in front of me
7. from it’s perch on the roof of the house
8. trying to crack it
9. but failing.
10. But then I noticed that the whole road was littered with walnut shell shrapnel
11. pleasing proof of their eventual success

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4/3/4 (#3)

following on
from the first
and the second

here are some
4/3/4s
they will not stop

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#53: sunset, full moon

towards the sun
then turn, turn,
towards the moon

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#54: dead animals by the side of the road (in order)

squirrel, fox, fox
(couldn’t tell)
crow, pheasant, fox

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#55: half glimpsed scene from car window #1

cows in long grass
motionless
below the bridge

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#56: half glimpsed scene from car window #2

smell of burnt leaves
canal boat
scene out of time

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#57: autumn poem #1

the foliage
yellowing
browning, falling

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#58: autumn poem #2

the trees have gone
all yellow
conkers fallen

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#59: autumn poem #3

the noise of rain
without end
on plastic roofs

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#60: autumn poem #4

i like the word
autumnal
it’s nice to say

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#61: autumn poem #5

park in autumn
much nicer
than in summer

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#62: winter poem #1

park in winter
best of all
ice underfoot

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#63: note from niece (pushed under toilet door)

“david which film
snowhite or
littel mermade”

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#64: trip planning, with smart phone

everyone checks
the weather
and then stays home

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#65: slight phobia admission #1

i get so scared
(who knows why)
by centipedes

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#66: slight phobia admission #2

scaffolding makes
me feel a
bit uneasy

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#67: slight phobia admission #3

just thinking of
space in its
infinity

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#68: on waking #1

an aching back
short of breath
unfocused eyes

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#69: on waking #2

happiness gone
yet bad dreams
lingering on

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#70: day out in suffolk #1

a museum
of radar
in concrete hut

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#71: day out in suffolk #2

birdsong and waves
where the woods
reach the sea wall

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#72: looking up (perspective trick)

helicopter
and a drone
both the same size

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#73: dogs #1

a pug snuffling
and sneezing
wheezing, whining

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#74: dogs #2

this dog looks like
a huge toy
fluffed up, alive

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#75: dogs #3

“she won’t hurt you,”
he says while
his dog bites me

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#76: daily routine (breakfast)

don’t eat breakfast
feel quite ill
when i wake up

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#77: daily routine (lunch)

eat a sandwich
follow that
with cake and coke

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#78: daily routine (dinner)

cook too much food
feel quite ill
for rest of day

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Notes:

1. Written in August and September 2019

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