Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mental Health Day: A Pantoum


You need to give yourself a break sometimes,
when you’ve caught a bit of depression.
Screw washing the dishes overflowing in the sink tonight.
Sometimes you need to give yourself a bit of a boost.

When you’ve caught a bit of depression,
and you don’t know how long it’s going to last,
sometimes you need to give yourself a bit of a boost,
like a new color of drugstore lipstick.

You don’t know how long it’s going to last,
but maybe tomorrow you can turn it all around.
Maybe that new color of drugstore lipstick
is all it takes to get out of bed tomorrow.

Yes, tomorrow you will definitely turn it all around.
It’s just a bit of depression, no big deal.
You’ll practically leap out of bed tomorrow.
New lips, new you, transcendent, or at least more or less okay.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of a pantoum before, have you? Apparently the poem can be any length, but it is composed of four-line stanzas. The second and fourth lines in the first stanza become the first and third lines in the second stanza and so on. i really enjoy experimenting with different forms since mostly I'm writing narrative free verse.

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