Word of the Day Challenge #57-Untitled Poem

Drawn ahead
brightly colored lights
calliope music loud in the night
fatigued feet plod
one in front of the other
as I hope for sustenance….. 
a place to rest for awhile.
Bursting into view
a gaudy whore
dressed for the evening
showing her wares for all to delight.
Freak Shows.
Big Top.
Lions.
Tigers.
And Bears.
Rides with screaming patrons
games rigged for all to loose
beneath it all
a sultry rhythm calls.
Enticed
hunger rising through me
blood pulses in my ears
I lust
following the song
knowing
I am where I am to be 
at this time.
Sandalwood scented smoke
satin raised tent
room for one
I look around
for the ballad has come to an end.
Senses clearing
eyes wide open
I come awake
unsure how I arrived here
why I had come here
wanting only to hear that melody once more.
Snagged by a song
plunged into chaotic circles
now a sullied chick-a-de
loving my bizarre life
you must come and see.
©Sept. 2/19
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Word of the Day Challenge #56-Untitled Poem

Bruised
battered
staggering to my feet
the punches
they keep on coming
will they ever stop?
Haggard
face pinched
hair a tangled mess
eyes
blackened with lack of sleep
afraid of the dragons
nibbling at my mind
at my soul
nightmares ridden solely for my terror.
Black hole opening
stark nothingness
standing a the edge
staring down
stomach in a lurch.
I don’t want to jump.
I don’t want to die.
Drooling fiends at my back
edging closer
yipping
with carnivorous desire.
Certain
I will succumb
I will remain defeated
feast upon befouled emotions
gorging until satiated.
Deflated
I stumble backwards
lip crumbling beneath my feet…..
free falling
soaring through the air
caught within the current
buffeted
side to side
close my eyes
waiting for…..
gentle bump
set to my feet
open my eyes to….
golden sunrise
beauty in the sky
today I am the winner
today I am alive.
©Sept. 1/19
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