The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.
Every night when I go to sleep
I hear voices with rhythm.
When I am awake, I hear voices of joy and laughter.
Some nights I want to sleep, but I have nightmares that I hurt.
The nightmares don’t want me to do more damage.
When I wake up angry, I mask that fact all day,
til I get home.
There is a tiny little mockingbird in my mind
that tells me to never do something that’s not going to help me.
I don’t drown on failed dreams.
I’m the one who backflips and floats on them
until my dreams are completed.