December 7, 2019


the Ajax Public Library

has an astonishing number of books

by an astounding number of people

discussing and affected by depression

as from a multitude of knives

each talking about this curse like they are


a poet

a clinician

a lover

a friend

a parent


a victim


a survivor


so many books

revealing so much pain


like a steak

no one cared to bar-b-que


and I

but a junior member of this club

read and wonder why


why does this … thing

that joins so many together

make loneliness so real


why does this … thing

which every breath defeats

make defeat seem so near


Ajax Public Library
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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