Thursday Night Karaoke

This is
one of
those nights

it should
be legal
to take off
all your
clothes

and walk
around
a town.

i want
to feel
the breeze
on all my
surface

as I walk
past sun-downed
reflections
on shop window.

do not
make small talk
with
just anyone
on the sidewalk
because

they will
follow you
inside
the bar
and sit
seats away,

ominously,

ordering
nothing.

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

the shrub frightening

When
on a walk
Without
glasses

you get
a glimpse
of a
tall shrub

but,
blurry eyes
see instead,
a predator.

parasympathetic
nervous system

ally frost mage

casts
flash freeze on
your heart
for protection.

it
doesn’t
feel
bad?
exactly.

you know
the feeling
,

Breezy night
hands
hugged
lovingly
around
the organ
responsible
for running
you.

adrenal glands
send their
damp chill
lightning-strike
reminder

–you do
want
to live.

Blur