shakespeare zombie – RC deWinter

when you’re afraid to live and afraid to die
every day is a conundrum

to be
or
not to be

the question calcifies your soul

living involves risk failure heartache pain
fear sits in your stomach like a rock
as you grind your teeth and bite your nails

not living slaps you in the face with a
great blank wall beyond which is
heaven or hell or nothing at all

so you tiptoe through the day
as best you can while the rock shifts
gnawing your innards with every step

at night the rock rises to your throat
as you fight sleep because
who knows if you’ll see another sunrise

it’s no way to be and yet you don’t want
not to be

caught in a halfworld of shadows
you’re the walking dead
a cardboard corpse

going through the motions


RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), Now We Heal: An Anthology of Hope (Wellworth Publishing, 12/2020) in print: 2River, Event, Gargoyle Magazine, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Prairie Schooner, Southword, The Ogham Stone, Twelve Mile Review, York Literary Review among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals. She is also one of the winners of the 2021 Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Contest, anthology publication.

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