madness be damned

perpetual motion has been busting my fold
between wake and sleep
sometimes it is present when I am not
other times it sits on my lungs
it is following a bit too closely
fearing it will tease me and leap out the window
like dust particles that once belonged to the ground
in every room a pad and pen
the nagging words, nonsensical sometimes
inked and captured
if they aren’t, I do not rest
then it starts
each strand of hair yanked one by one
in every room a pad and pencil
images for the lopsided prose
forms exsanguinating from bodily dreams
I might lose my mind
alas, it would be something I’d capture
before the last grey cell disintegrates
perhaps I might finally understand
Ensor or Poe
minds wild
madness be damned

Although sometimes I have felt that I held fire in my hands and spread a page with shining, I have never lost the weight of clumsiness, of ignorance, of aching inability
–John Steinbeck


My little madman is losing his head to hats…


43 thoughts on “madness be damned

  1. What an interestingly lovely breath of fresh air, based on Madness be Damned. An of course to include Mr. Poe in the fold. The drawing is superb especially given the horns with the purple hat band and matching shoes! Wonderful!

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  2. Geez, I can hardly get out 1 post a day and you’re putting out 2 great ones in less than 24 hours (not fair). πŸ™‚ The thing is, AM, you are so in control, so in command of your voice right now it doesn’t matter if you know what you’re doing or not (I’ll vehemently argue you do know). What you’re doing in words — it’ll never leave you; it’s here, get used to it; welcome it with open arms. Pad and pen, that’s all you need. The rest you bring to the page in spades.


      • Sadly, no. I don’t even remember putting them on. But I tell ya, they hurt much less when I’m sleeping πŸ˜‰
        Thank you for b’day wishes. Keith and kiddies off to work and school, Millie and Billy arriving later, dogs promised to sing shortly πŸ˜‰
        Hope Chuck is well.

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    • Ah, thank you Stuart.
      I don’t really consider myself a ‘poeteer.’ Though for the life of me, I can’t seem to stop writing like this. I wrote ‘poetry’ as a teen, but only in private journals. I’m going with this writing style now and pushing in different directions to see what might develop. I’m never quite sure what’s going to happen. The one thing I’d like to most definitely strive for is improvement.
      I thank you for your vote of confidence. It means more than I can say.

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  3. LOVE the shoes! πŸ™‚ Well, since I’m new to this writing stuff (just started in February), I learned the hard way that if you wake up in the middle of the night (and I sure do that a lot — nature calls, if you get my gist), and an idea pops into your head, you should not just “sleep on it”. They somehow escape over the darkened hours. So now, if that happens, I grope my way into the study, grab the pen and jot it down and then, in the morning….as illegible as it sometimes is, I can read the scribble. Happen to you?


    • All the time! I’m waking up with ink marks and not the tattoo kind. πŸ˜‰
      You are smart to lasso your ideas while the words are running about. I find if I don’t write as soon as the words fire off in my head, I often forget. My brain can’t hold ideas well.

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    • WOW, Leslie – that’s such a cool thing to say. I thank you from the bottom of my deeply dark, yet slightly sassy and occasionally humorous, monstrous heart πŸ™‚
      If I was magical – I’d like to be an uber-cool witch – jet black hair with those cool blue highlights – I’d like gold eyes too. And most importantly, I’d only use my powers for good. Oh yes, my broomstick must be faux leopard πŸ™‚

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  4. Incredible AnnMarie your talent amazes me. I love your monsters and you are a very skilled writer. If you ever get your writings published with your drawings I’ll be first in line for an autographed copy at your book signing.


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