Head Trip (NaPoWriMo Day 25)

shadow-198682_960_720I’m half-sick of shadows
of catching the reflection
of my darker inclination;
not in a mirror, no, but
behind the lens
of my own eye.

Makes it a bitch
to drive sometimes.

Too fleeting to call it a vision,
a hallucination, derangement –
that’s when they up your meds –
but too real to call it
a trick of the light.
Rare enough that docs
dismiss it completely.
Merely a cognitive quirk.

People may not be jumping
out of the shadows at me,
but my brain


The NaPoWriMo challenge for Day 25 was to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (in this case, Tennyson’s Lady Of Shalott), but then take it elsewhere.

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