All posts tagged Depression
The Bone EaterPublished November 18, 2020 by rlmcdermott
BirthmarkPublished April 20, 2016 by rlmcdermott
InvisiblePublished April 20, 2016 by rlmcdermott
The Absence Of CranesPublished November 12, 2014 by rlmcdermott
The Bird GirlPublished December 5, 2013 by rlmcdermott
bring no light–
that I am
I dream are
the bitter fruit,
the barren tree,
the songless bird
are all for me.
I wear them well
around my neck
until I cannot breathe–
I will not stay to
see them leave.
Who reads this
I didn’t bury
Always Blue (Revision)Published November 12, 2013 by rlmcdermott
Always BluePublished November 6, 2013 by rlmcdermott
The Opera SingerPublished June 11, 2013 by rlmcdermott
in the bathroom–
A songbird puffing
cigarettes between breaths,
all was illegal about those years–
the teased hair,
the shaved eyebrows,
the rolled-up skirt.
on a red-velvet couch.
Where were the old dreams,
the dreams her parents had for her;
there was a truth to them
that she ignored–
the bottle-shaped dreams
of an alcoholic father,
the woman in the kitchen
silent for forty years
now heard for the first time,
a half-forgotten song,
snatches of melody,
lingering in her memory.
They gave her a watch
so she could know time was running out.
She listened to the ticking; rhythmic
like a song, like a poem,
an alliteration of small explosions
striking the final destination.
The days of summer and sadness,
the little girl heart beating badly,
the pills stolen from a dying father,
the butcher knife hidden in a rotting mattress,
the poems packed in a yellow suitcase–
songs saved for another day.