Diana Wallace Peach, over at Myths of the Mirror set a writing challenge prompt for the new year… which I’ve just found out expires today!
Here’s my offering, ‘Five Spines of Doom’ for her ‘Tottering TBR pile’ prompt: a nightmare of the ‘to be read’ books we all have – particularly on our Kindles…
Five spines of doom, the living pile declares
To struggling mind awakening in the gloom
Of winter morning in the dreaming room
Who shouts? He whispers to the wall
Five spines of doom, where will has failed
To clear the conscience of the might
of these five books which through the night
Have taunted sleep of he who put them there!
Beside the bed, next to his head…
That, given this priority
They would at last be read and free
And not in their minority
Like struggling morning’s light
He grasps, past January’s tea gone cold
The truth his doubting mind foretold
‘Five spines of doom’ … it rings, a nightmare’s fright
Five spines – now books – declare his guilt
Short days, he blames…or longer nights
The five lie mute, abed.. And sadder, yet, unread.
His rising knees make wall from quilt.
Around the Kindle fingers fumble
Seeking to suppress the mumble
Of words in millions’ silent plea
A digital majority.
© Stephen Tanham 2020