In the shade (an awakening)

The festive shade arranges our regret
in dark circles beneath well-lit disco balls
that perceive more than they admit.

We can try to escape — reason born
of wisdom implores the effort of 
savvy sailors drifting too close

to menacing falls — and if we find absolution 
when awakened, free of misplaced remorse, 
paint our knees penitent, prudent 

while shouting in the winds of the future,
shaking but confident in the effort of
reclaiming the shade for ourselves.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Awakening

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A voice

Jittery and uneasy, I struggle
through the dread
brought by
disquietude, keeping me
too often, frozen in apprehension
and restless,
shaking – eager
         – to move.

A gentle breeze washes
over me,
stirring a voice
that is not mine,
         I close the window.  

(c) 2019 Phillip Knight Scott

Written for the dVerse weekly prompt Quadrille #85. The Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words (not including the title), including one specific word, this time “voice.”