Poem: Thief

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Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available throughSweateshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.



I can survive the day

with life and work

to distract my thoughts

and you

do not cloud.



When I lay down my head

for the peace of sleep

your invading face

and your

memory robs.





all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price Jan 23rd, 2012

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION, DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW FICTION (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, SEE SPOT RUN AND THE BELLWETHER REVIEW. HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS MANAGING EDITOR OF EPOETRY MAGAZINE AND THE BRIDGE ONLINE NEWSPAPER.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks y0ou for your comment and visit, Valleypoet. Much appreciated.


Valleypoet 3 years ago

Helpful distractions disappear at night, and the thief of peace is free to prowl...loved this:-))


Valleypoet 3 years ago

There are few distractions at night....and the thief of peace arrives..nicely done:-))


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sharyn, such is life, eh? Whiskey helps too :-)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh, I can so relate to this Justin. I have a thief that lives with me at night. As soon as my eyelids close, my mind goes to things that are bothersome that happened in my life recently. And it is very difficult to let it go. Sometimes Advil PM works. I love this piece, it really hit me in my own way! Thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Cloud Explorer. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this poem!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Wow, what a take on survival, & in very few words but it does the job, excellent poem PDX. Nice!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for reading. I'm glad this spoke to you. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I have had times like this, but not in many many years. Now I just need to figure out how to turn my brain off period so that I can go to sleep at a decent hour.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Kelly, I dunno, but that certainly helps increase my number of reads I suppose. I'm not having any problems with it. have you tired accessing it from a different computer? Nice to see you and thanks for commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Eddy, thank you. That is so very kind!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ya, Martie. That usually works... but not always :-) For me at least...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thhanks, Zainnisar. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great PDX:). Yeah I've had that face I'd love to put a crayon x across in my head too:) lol

Hey - I don't know if it's my computer or what but every time I try to read Freddy Mercury - my computer bumps me off right in the middle!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Great work PDX you are indeed very gifted and I look forward to so many more by you.

Take care

Eddy.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

So true. Well stressed. I, however, keep on working until hours after midnight... until my brain goes zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Then not even memories can rob...

Voted up and to be pondered :)


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Beautiful and touching, you made restless nights look so simple. Voted up and Shared.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Oh, Thank you Deborah. So very kind


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Lyricwriter!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Vinaya, thanks. Quite the compliment coming from you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

guidenetwork, thank you and thanks for the follow!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

curry, craigslist, maybe?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Rebecca, that's how i feel. Thank you. short and to the point.... that's how I like to write. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Racini, those that rob us of sleep are the greatest villains of all!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sue, that seems like a natural human response, certainly! Thanks for reading and commenting and I hope you had a nice evening


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Ian. That's a kind compliment


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Ruby. I love your description and analysis!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ray, I prefer short poems that can be read and then pondered. i don't like the wordy wordsmiths like Shakespeare. just say what you mean... nothing extraneous needed.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you pickles... certainly it does, and often more then once!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

breakfastpop, it's so true! Thank you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Suzzy, thank you. I really value brief poems. probably because of my short attention span.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Laura, thank you! I believe all poems should be read out loud!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Michele, never say you can't write anything.if you can put words together, you can write a poem. Nonetheless, thanks for the compliment and the read!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ardie, sometimes I have the worst time sleeping becaise I cna't turn my brain off. That's part of what this poem is about.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Kamalesh, thank you for th ekind words. Much appreciated!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Alocsin. I appreciate the votes!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, thank you. I think we can all relate to this for sure!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I wonderful write.. love reading it..

Just lovely

Debbie


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Votes up pal. Awesome poem.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Beautiful piece of writing.Loved your work.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Awesome poem...


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Yeah, brother, where would we be without pawn shops?


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I always enjoy your poetry; short, sweet and powerful, a good quick read at the end of a tiring day when l-o-n-g is just too taxing!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

a great thief indeed...robbing you of sleep and others...awesome...


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

There is so much truth in this poem. When I don't want to deal with an unpleasant situation, I bury myself in my work but soon as my head hits the pillow, the thief is waiting.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a good evening. :-)


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

Short and sweet as honey. Nicely done hub. Interesting and voted up.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful and thought provoking. Unforgotten memories, we all have them..Seems they have a way of creeping in, disturbing our quiet time..Loved it..


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

I'm not much of a poetry writer as I've only published a few of mine and I don't get into the essence of writing it. Which is why when I read a lot of poems, my best thing to say is interesting. So, I guess I'm going to repeat myself, an interesting poem. A bit short for my taste, but then again, I'm not too knowledgeable about poetry anyways, so what do i know. LOL!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Perfect! I think it happens to everyone just like you said at one time or another. Vote up


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

We are all so vulnerable in the night when we are trying to sleep and our thoughts take us places we'd rather not go.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love how you worded this poem. It really gets the message across with so few words and making every word say something. Well done.


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Laura Matkin 4 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

Great work! This is the kind of poem that should be read out loud. Voted up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Voted up. I am not a poet which is not why I cannot write them, so I love to read them.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Ah, the time we spend alone in bed is when the bad things can creep in because there isnt anything to distract us. Beautiful.


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful poem, my Friend. You truly write so well! Voted Up. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Nicely done with an appropriate picture. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. I've had many a night where one face prevails and I cannot sleep.

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