Mental Carnivores

Sleepless nights and
Listless days,
I have been out here too long,
But still the winding streets call me
And I walk them.
They’re all in my head.

I make out the broken path
By the light of a waning comet.
I am the destination
Of those dim midnight blues,
The mental carnivores that chase me.
I lose them in my winding streets,
But I lose me too.

And this evolving, familiar stranger
That talks to me like he once knew me,
He told me with a heavy heart,
You’re a free man in chains,
Or maybe you’re a free prisoner.
Oh well, hello denial.

I see now I am time’s canvass
And he’s been a poor artist.
Perhaps I don’t understand his art,
Perhaps I chose the painted colors. .

Through naked thoughts
On a rainy hesitant dawn,
I washed my unfamiliar face.
I washed it twice but it didn’t change
So I punched the mirror in the nose.
The shattered pieces laughed at me,
I was the only one who bled.


I haven’t written or posted anything in a while. I’ve been really apathetic to everything lately and it’s not a very nice place to be. Perhaps this poem comes from that place? I’d love to have your thoughts and interpretations of it. Feel free to share them in your comments.
~ Ashiwel

11 thoughts on “Mental Carnivores

  1. Yoma says:

    i love the piece in general. Love so many lines and expressions used for illustration.
    “I am the destination of those dim midnight blues” “The shattered pieces laughed at me,
    I was the only one who bled” “I lose them in my winding streets, But I lose me too”… powerful coinage. But my guy, Thank God say na mental canivores… cos u don chop up wella lol. Just hang on bruv, shards sometimes are puzzles, keep moving them around, you’ll get the clearer picture.

  2. Absolutely luv d word play. Deep stuff bruv. Feels like de javu.

  3. debo says:

    I think this is very deep, had to re-read it before I could get d feel, nice write-up

  4. Olusola M. Akinsolu. says:

    Witty…reminds me of Max Erhmann.

  5. Amaka says:

    Okang nice one, I didnt expect less but hope you feel better now.

  6. dammie says:

    Dats a 9ice piece, though it sounded like an anguish of a lonely person.

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