First night nerves.

As I lay there cold at night

Like a log, solid and hard

Like a deer frozen in fright.

I hear a noise, alert, enguard


I dread the coming of my fear

I loathe myself for this denial

I’m too dead to shed a tear

inside I cry and run a mile.


No there’s nothing you can do,

Though I lay here frozen rigid.

As the first night nerves ensue,

I’m just nervous, I’m just frigid.


Your kind words help a little bit,

they ease the tension and the sorrow

for now, I’ll watch TV and sit

downstairs, we’ll try again tomorrow.


copyright: Kristian Fogarty 05/April/2018

via Daily Prompt: Frigid


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