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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

raw

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

 


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