One Poem by Paula Puolakka

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Silent Struggle

A soul trapped inside of
A body trapped inside of
A room inside of a complex of
Rooms in
The city in
The country,
Which is a vague vision
Based on the superficial concepts
The observer’s brain has sucked in
From the books,
The commercials,
The films,
The magazines,
And music.

The woman’s heart is beating to the dreams
And expectations of Love.
The man’s heart is beating to earthly desires.
What keeps them in the same room?
What keeps them in the same house?
What keeps them in the same city?
What keeps them in the same country?
What does the observer benefit from
Watching Sickert’s silent struggle?

 

Paula Puolakka is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas). Her latest work can be found through Rattle’s Rattlecast on YouTube (#25 and #5) and The Reader/Author Connection (Issue #5, Issue #8, and Short Story Saturday on 1/24/2020).

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