Retrace the Steps

I’ve reached that point

Monotony, routine, boredom

Morning after morning, afternoon – repeat

Evening, more of the same

Days blur, didn’t I just do that

No, that was yesterday

Same time, same motion, same result

Retrace every footstep, last year is this year

Again – repeat, yesterday was tomorrow

The dog blinks, waits patiently

Turn one light off, turn on another

Front door locked, back door locked

Another door sticks, slightly

The creaking echoes through a copy

Of every similarity that came before

Looped between days on top of days

Hour on top of hour

Minute on top of minute

Second on top of second

A slack-net beneath the tight-rope

Walk, one foot in front of the other

Repeat, balance, the illusion of safety

82 comments

  1. ‘Retrace every footstep, last year is this year
    Again – repeat, yesterday was tomorrow’ I can so relate to this. I look through my journals and see me repeating the same things, and getting the same results. I sometimes feel like I am stuck on ‘repeat’ even though I yearn for change. A great poem that so many can relate to…. 🙂

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  2. River, this is a great poetry. The construction is perfect. Certain repetitions enhance the poetic atmosphere.
    “Another door sticks, slightly
    The creaking echoes through a copy
    Of every similarity that came before
    Looped between days on top of days”

    Absolutely gorgeous.

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  3. Another beautifully crafted poem, River, and one that seems to chime with many, many people. Me included. It strikes a particular chord with me right now, with the UK on lockdown and all our activities severely restricted. The days are all blending into one, and I sometimes wonder if we’ll ever know life as it was before again. So yes, ‘Looped between days on top of days’ is very fitting at the moment! Brilliantly observed. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, River!
        I’m still trying to fight off a nasty virus, which has lasted over three weeks.
        But the fever is down, today.
        (Assume this is flu, yet it’s been so atypical, I’m not sure what I’ve really had.)
        Hope you are doing OK.

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