Sleep, a Poem by Des Mannay


I should go to bed

before it gets light,

but there are things

which bother me at night


One of them is hunger -

we are short of food,

nothing in the cupboard

to feed a growing brood


Another is affection,

like "Love's Labour's Lost",

every spurned tenderness -

rejection has a cost


Then there is my skin,

how it bloody thickens

with each blow and insult -

deep inside it sickens


There's a different hunger -

we need to re-arrange

the world that we subsist in;

I'm hungry for the change


Another affection

wells inside of me,

against bigotry and hatred;

for humanity


Sickness is systemic,

or it seems to me,

so - I'll off, away to bed,

dreams can set you free.



 

Des Mannay is a Welsh writer of color. First poetry collection, "Sod ’em – and tomorrow" published by Waterloo Press. Co-editor of The Angry Manifesto poetry journal. Winner -'rethinkyourmind' poetry competition (2015), LIT-UP poetry competition (2019). 2nd/ highly commended - Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2015). 'Gold Award' - Creative Futures Literary Awards (2015). Shortlisted in 7 competitions, and published in various poetry journals. Work in 26 poetry anthologies.