Eyes Wide Shut
I made this animation with Babis Alexiadis. It’s based on a poem I wrote.
My eyes wide open, sitting in this place
Looking at nothing, staring into space
I gently close my eyes, knowing what’s to come
The flash the bang the sound of a gun.
The things that flash by are from when I was a forces member
Hard to forget but easy to remember.
I open my eyes it’s gone in a blink
No wonder sometimes I turn to drink.
It’s hard to make a grown man cry
But not when you see a good friend die
It’s hard to dream of family and friends
I don’t know when these nightmares will end.
My eyes have been shut for such a long time
I hope not to need the booze, bandy or wine
I want them to be open and let them be mine
To turn off the dark and turn on the sunshine.