Arrested development – Writing Prompt #163 “Collage 25”


because the mind

because the mind

because the mind

will not rest

even as I glue my eyelids shut.

because the horror

because the mind-less

become all that fills

my mind’s eye

because the shame

because I care

because I cannot


stop the thoughts.

stop the violence.

stop, please.



Here’s my entry to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie latest writing prompt, where we are invited to write in response to a quote, which this week is from  William C. Hannah – “Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.” There is also a collage which may or may not help with the inspiration.

For those of you in Europe, you will be well aware that the European football competition known as the Euros began on Friday. Unfortunately, sadly, frustratingly, horrifically, some English football ‘fans’ (and I really mean hooligans) have been involved in mindless and disturbing violence in Marseilles, in the days running up to and after England’s match against Russia, which took place last night.

This poem was inspired by the events I have seen on TV and online. It’s sickening, I just don’t understand the mentality of anyone who engages in this kind of behaviour, irrespective of their nationality or background. I went to sleep last night with images that I had seen playing in my head like a horror movie.

Why not head on over to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s blog and take a look – and take part?!

4 thoughts on “Arrested development – Writing Prompt #163 “Collage 25”

  1. Wow Freya I have seen some of the news coverage of that incident and I’m with you in failing to understand the mentality of some people…its just s a game isn’t it? Though I wasn’t all that happy about your guys beating us in the Rugby the other night.
    I like the repetitious approach you took to writing this, its reinforces your horror at what happened.

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