Just a Breath Away
(Written by David Dungay Jnr. in Long Bay Jail)
These dayz I spend wandering
Amongst the shadowz
In a body that is not mine
Lost in the darkness of memories
That ceased to exist long ago,
Suffocating, slowly, inside a dream
That’s just another war.
Silent on the edge of silent escape
Watching a wounded reflection,
Paralysed in an illusion of fear
Until the cruelty of my rage
Dissipates under my skin
With a fragile heart that keeps slipping away.
Our two tribe worlds collide
Like a starburst exploding into a million pieces.
While each day is a stillbirth of hope
And a nightmare just a breath away
The pain of doubt
Lingers in the shattered moments of reality
And spirals into a vertigo of desperation.
With the struggle abandoned to inexistence
And trust scared beyond the circle of fire
I emerge like a butterfly
From a coma of comfortability
And gradually fall from my dream
Waiting … for it to END.
* Feature image used with permission from Emma Ismawi
* David’s poem and author image used with permission from Christine Dungay