Depressive Isolation Alternatives

Write
and publish
a poem
No one likes
But you.

sit outside
a coffee shop
and laugh
at a baby
learning how
to use
their arms.

Go to
noodles n company
and bawl publicly
about the
tragic life
and suicide
of a woman you
saw yourself in.

drink a
cold beer
at a park

while watching
someone
be pushed
on a swing
for the
first time.

sit on your deck
in only
a sports bra
and leggings,

and enjoy
the view
of the rooftops
and alleyways.

walk to your
local market
and chat about
heirloom basil
with strangers.


Maze

i don’t know, man

i am
a big man
and i say,

“you can’t,”

“i cared
about you,”

and,

no one
else
will.”

“i am a
messy
man”

and
“i’d like to
fix you.”

“i’d like you
to sit
with me,”

and
id like you
to,

“pretend
for me.”

i am a
needy
man;

I will
use you.

i will
convince
you,

and
i will
abuse
you.

ventriloquism
emotion,

watch me
feed on
the empathy.

i am
a snake
of a man,

i’ll
exhaust you.

release
my skin
of you;

unhinging
this jaw
for
new prey.

shell of
a man,

i preoccupy.

hollow man
plastered over,

screaming treason
at those closest.

“i am an
angry man,”

i will
destroy
You;

shattering
self-meaning.

“i am a
scared man.”

i
will
need you.

“you
will not
be
there,

and
i cannot
blame you.”