I fear acceptance in places,
Places I’ve not yet assured admittance.
I beg for worthiness,
For worthiness I know I’m too weak in mind to ever pursue.
How does today become the day after tomorrow
Within a short daydream?
Poison seeps from my mind,
As I lay my weapons down,
This luxury people refer to as defeat,
Is far from a humbling torture.
Under my blanket my feet are grounded,
In hardened cement shoes.
Submerged in unwelcome hibernation,
I introduced my good friend, Progress
To my annoying acquaintance, Avoidance
And they became frenemies.
Mirvat Manal is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has been published in The Leon Literary Review, Maudlin House and The Cabinet of Heed. Mirvat has also been included in Best New British & Irish Poets Anthology 2021.