I live beneath a spiral chain,

a silver flow, associating


The best of me, the worst of me

won’t let me sleep,

assaults what was my fontanelle,

hurling endless arrows,

silken whispers,

sometimes hammer blows.

Voracious, it would plait me      

in perpetual prolixity.


I struggled to untangle braids of lexicon,

loquacity; a glossolalic battle

taking place inside my very own

self-contained phrontistery.

An endless source of joy and pain,

my efforts to communicate precisely

brought astonishment and judgement

to the faces of the many

deaf to shiny silver rhapsodies.                      


In time I found a cushion, big and plump,

on which to sit beneath the spiral,

plucking randomly

at purple fruits of rare and handsome beauty.

From enemy to confidante,

therapy to free the self of all the twists and turns

of words that clamoured at me constantly.

The cushion’s known as poetry,

and I’m in love, enveloped

in my helicoidal symphonies.


Napowrimo 2019

◄ Divine Sight

To Winter ►


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Jason Bayliss

Wed 24th Apr 2019 22:01

I just loved this. Not only brilliant but so enjoyable to say out loud. Had to add you to my favourites Laura.

J. x

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Laura Taylor

Wed 24th Apr 2019 13:07

Hahaa Leonard Sachs! 😀 Blimey - blast from the past. (I did used to love him btw) 😀

Thanks very much Trev 😃

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Trevor Alexander

Wed 24th Apr 2019 12:59

Phrontistery front and centre! Are you related to Leonard Sachs? 😉
Enjoying your helicoidal symphony as always.

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Laura Taylor

Wed 24th Apr 2019 12:39

Hahaa 😀 It's not a bad place to be stuck in 😉 And cheers mate. You got in before I could post about the prompt, so here it is:

Day 24, Napowrimo 2019


Today's prompt: write a poem that is inspired by a reference book. Locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia, open it at random, and consider the two pages in front of you to be your inspirational playground for the day.

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Stu Buck

Wed 24th Apr 2019 12:31

(this is great by the way)

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Stu Buck

Wed 24th Apr 2019 12:31

thanks laura, now im stuck on the phrontistery and i have things to do

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