The green, moist moss of loneliness in my chest supine leaves whisper unsung songs
The whispered songs follow me in my dreams blistering pearls fall freely from the eyes
Blistering pearls falling with thundering noise leaving razor thin cuts where they fall
Razor thin bloodless cuts left by angry words pain rises like irate welts all across my body
Irate welts pulse like the vein in my neck beating, beating, beating waiting for respite
Beating, beating down the door desultory despair comes looking for shelter
Shelter seeking despair finds welcoming home in the green, moist moss of loneliness in my chest
Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.