Sunday, July 6, 2014

Malfunctioning--By Anna-Marie Docherty--Wales


Once more without sleep
all dreams exhausted
Neurotransmitters on high alert
rekindling furious flames
that lap hungrily through mid-back to feet
Like a chippy chiseling wood on the lathe
I splinter and crack – screaming for regression
Just as a computer malfunctioning
I await time for reboot of my system
brief medical intervention –
some respite peace and solace
that in the whole of life
taken as one performance of the arts
it is but a musical interlude
short-lived in high anticipation of entr’acte

Author’s note--
chippy - a carpenter
entr'acte - between the acts

Anna-Marie Docherty lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK and is often inspired by nature and the world around her. Having been writing poetry now for 4 - 5 years, her works have developed in structure and form as well as using free verse in her writing as she walks this endless art form and creativity in her thirst to further learn. Letting the pen and the muse dictate topic and form both humour, religion, nature or the serious subject might be touched upon therefore keeping the writing fresh and easy to read by those who follow. Writing both as given name above and pen name anaisnais through the net, examples of poems can be found both in Snippets, an anthology of short verse by various international poets, compiled by Karen O'Leary and Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson; also Pink Panther magazine, an anthology written by several poets and artists on feminist issues in our environment and various poems on the internet for taster.


  1. Hello, Anne, you poem is almost satirical in nature and really, that is how life is! It is a joy to read you here on Whispers, the international on-line journal! To me, there is also a touch of humor and reality in your words, which is refreshing to read, at best! Hope to read more! Sheri /

  2. Anne, sure can get a lot out of this great poem
    looking forward to see you again.Mary

    1. Glad to see you again Mary, thanks for your supportive comments...

  3. Anne, what happened to "stop and smell the roses"
    everyone is always in a big hurry including me!
    I like that song---slow down your moving too fast
    got to make the morning last? ?? Great write

    1. Thanks Mary, I agree - life has gotten to such unbelieveable pace we forget to just take on board the good things going on around us sometimes and so sad too... Not heard that song in years - evokes memories from childhood, - oh to turn the clocks back sometimes! Appreciate your support, Anna.

  4. Anne, left you two comments- --lol --Mary

    1. No matter Mary, always welcome! Smiles...

    2. Wonderful well done. Pete.

  5. Nice read, Anna. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    Tim, thank you for this reminder that many things we go through pale in comparison to what Job and others go through. Nice write. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  6. Wow! I liked so many things about this poem :) Very easily relate-able :)

  7. Loved the furious pace of your words; a joy to read in the blur which is our day! Ralph.

  8. Dear Anna,

    I'm not sure but from your poem I got a sense of pain and frustration as one struggles with a medical condition. This poem was very well written to express that and hope that you find that "respite of peace and solace". Thank you for sharing your poetry with us and also for your kind comments on mine.

    All the best to you,

  9. Dear Anna-Marie, As one who has difficulty sleeping due to medical issues, I can relate so much to your poem. What a shame you have to suffer this way! I hope you are feeling better now and am looking forward to meeting you this October!