Poem: Unfamiliar Spaces


smokey nights
in darkened rooms
with relatives
mixed with friends
and enemies

anxious and
surreal, caught between
narrow walls, thick bars
and fences
with barking dogs

that move into
unfamiliar spaces,
steps with no stairs,
running on fresh

unspoken wishes,
lame excuses,
the unconscious

back to the wall,
head to the floor,
clawing up a slippery slope,
into a maze
without an exit sign

never seem to say
what they mean,
never finish
what they think, until
it’s too late,
the dreamer
wakes up

with a vague suspicion,
a piece of undigested
a cryptic message,
a letter
with no return address.


Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

8 comments on “Poem: Unfamiliar Spaces

  1. Love this poem! Great imagery. The end is very powerful.

  2. Beautifully written

  3. This is perfect.

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