Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Single Sneeze

A Single Sneeze
A single sneeze
And the universe stumbles.
For a split second
Everything is real.


All the little people
Living inside my head
Scurry around hysterically,
In search of sanity again.
And I see nothing.


A sneeze comes bursting out.
My eyes shut tight,
And for a second
I am not there.


What if I resisted
And kept my eyes from closing?
I wonder what I’d see
In the chaos of a dishevelled mind.


If my eyes stayed open
And my skull
Burst at the seams,
Would my mind
Come tumbling out,
Shot from the barrel of a sneeze
Splatter over land and sea?


Would all the little people
Seize the chance
Come rushing out,
And then to run away?
Leave me empty
Of all thought,
And with nothing
Left to say?


Perhaps it would be nice
To lose them
All in one foul sneeze.


I could start my life again.
Like a butterfly
Chase new dreams,
Flitting somewhat recklessly
Upon a feisty, summer breeze.
(Gerry Aldridge © 2016)