#OctPoWriMo 2021 — Day 3: “Shedding Lessons”

Shedding Lessons

every ceiling has the same cracks
old house, new house, all’s dilapidated

a bad brain diagnosis, uncertainty
of lesions, no-named scars, matching

no pre-existing conditions
everyone’s flying blind

lab coats blur, syringes glow
IV drips, fill or be filled

a fear of bathrooms because
every time one exits 

there’s a cop standing there
to haul your unruliness away

wrong answers to the same questions:
what’s a way to prove sanity?

barred windows, scheduled meal times,
hunger for air, an atrium brim-full

with women resembling zombies —
you are the undead now, too

letters home, pleading for immunity,
unanswered scribbles and unfamiliar

handwriting, no countdown necessary
when the days fade together,

when there are no clues dropped
as to when you will be leaving

shuttered, memorizing sidewalk
glitches, how they resemble

every catatonic session
spent making maps or

forming constellations;
there are auras around

every animate thing,
but one keeps quiet about this

no sense in giving reasons
to rat catchers to set

more traps for you,
it’s better to gnaw

on your own tongue
than reveal too much

easier to nest in corners
that are difficult to reach,

peeling that past skin
from your resurrected form

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Published by Jennifer Patino


18 thoughts on “#OctPoWriMo 2021 — Day 3: “Shedding Lessons”

      1. ☺️ No need to adjust your screen. I’ve got limited energy every day so trying to simplify things is the key. Thank you very much for reading. I appreciate your encouraging comments. 🧡

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