illustration: visual poem by Michelle Moloney King
title: Plastic men operate in the mini kitchen
by Pascal Dominic Niederhaeuser
sudden, agonising awareness of it all,
the sounds, the conversations,
even the colours buzz distantly.
voices like shutters;
all vibrates and hums.
the light’s too bright – the light’s too dim
i’m zooming out, flickering,
my physicality achromatising.
for an instant i cling to my reason,
but then i simply surrender;
amidst the lightless crowd,
you expose me: a fading reality.
my heart’s pumping again,
you’re inside of me, filling me up
and i am brim-full—
and warm, again.
we’re both unreal.
i dream of soaring through the sky,
dancing on the moon and
cuddling up in the clouds with you.
Pascal Dominic Niederhaeuser is a poet as well as a student of philosophy and English currently living in Basel. His work—often confessional, experimental and philosophic—has also been published in Tealight Press. You can find him on Twitter as @pdniederhaeuser.