The calm, or: The storm

A sijo I am not more motivated, nor am I happier; The anxiety medication is clearly working well; I can soberly observe my flaws better than ever before Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near… Continue reading The calm, or: The storm

Elephant, or: Future

Ya (Arabic: ูŠุง), O; hey; you; vocative particle preceding a noun used in direct address Elephant (English): a mammal and the largest existing land animal, very conspicuous I. Ya-elephant, wherefore this room? A poem, then, or-- p'raps too soon? No job in sight; the crush of debt; Ya-elephant doth sit and fret, And yet... Ya-elephant,… Continue reading Elephant, or: Future

Straits, or: Expanses

A 'Cascade' poem I struggle every day to make ends meetAnxieties pummel me into broken gravel Worn ragged, it's a stretch to say I'm freePressure grinds rough at soul skinned rawBuses; clocks; jobs; child; chores; back|forthI struggle every day to make ends meetPump me full of alcohol, caffeine, courageLiquid channels wind through foggy stuporAnxieties pummel… Continue reading Straits, or: Expanses

We walk in circles, so limited…

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. -Sรธren Kierkegaard (1813 โ€“ 1855) Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship. -Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 โ€“ 1881) Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. -Plato (~423 โ€“ ~347… Continue reading We walk in circles, so limited…

Ark, or: Rainbow

A 'cascade' poem Insecurities dribble like sweat from my brow I can't stem the holes in the many bursting pipes Flailing, I'm pulled into perfectionism's whirlpool Work correspondences run down my screen Anxieties float to the surface with every email Insecurities dribble like sweat from my brow An emergency! Quick, send out a press release!… Continue reading Ark, or: Rainbow

Psyche, or: Pasithea

A haibun Anti-anxiety medication, at its best, reduces one's stress levels. Every so often, the heart palpitates, but less pronouncedly than it used to - and for shorter spans of time. Whereas the patient once tended to come across as intense -even desperate- during job interviews, he's 'cool as a cucumber', even on the spot.… Continue reading Psyche, or: Pasithea

Never, or: Now

A poem, based upon 'Time to Come' by Walt Whitman O, Life! a rough, billowy cloak Hangs round thee, and the present state; The eye may see, the hand may touch Only one's revealed fate. This mind, which now parallel flows With frantic hope and rising fear; This heart of flesh with chambers four, That… Continue reading Never, or: Now

Away from the child, or: She feared

An American sentence: Her grandmother stayed home, away from the child, for she feared falling ill. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading Away from the child, or: She feared