Friday, July 15, 2022

The spirit of the mentally ill

The spirit of the mentally ill
wants one conversation
to confirm she exists.
She catches herself
on the corners of reality enough
to suspect it:
a déjà vu in an overcoat
on a summer beach,
the synchrony of a cigarette light
with lamps on streets,
or neck hairs stand on end
when eyes lock with a friend—
            the pith of all hope
            (recognizing her expression
            in a mirroring face)
            passes understanding.
She feels as if something’s misplaced.

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