These Mundane Tortures

by Jared A. Carnie

when you see photos of yourself
that remind you of
trying to smile

when you can’t quite sleep
and the dog’s next to you
already snoring

when you’re so excited about connecting
to novel, film, song
you can’t focus on the rest

when solitude gives you
and nothing to do

when you regret paying for something
by the time
you’ve got it home

when you want them so much
you can’t do anything
that helps you have them

those friction lines
between touching things
and touching things

that’s where sparks, depression

begin the mundane tortures
that keep us going
that stop us stopping


Jared A. Carnie recently returned from the Outer Hebrides. In August he featured at the Inverness Book Festival. He can be found at


Published by


I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

One thought on “These Mundane Tortures”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s