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The Sewer Pipes Ain’t Shit

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus...

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Over the Top Tigers

I have answers for the questions, declarations
that will spit off my tongue like the tiger
jumping smoothly through hoops at the Ringling
Brothers show. I know the good is fake created
by a frenzy like tomato soup boiling with a canister
of salt. Cruel when frenzy creates good, but itโ€™s fake good
and when the frenzy stops, when my mind rests,
it plunges into the darkest of the sewer pipes
that by rights are too old to hold water, pipes leaking
into a terrible, brown river that is missing its bubbles,
white bubbles. The deeply buried pipes cannot carry
my rested sickness. It is the same as what everyone has,
but mine grips hard and pulls chains tightly around my brain
as if in the tug-of-war for right to die, and I lean back
and know that I have no right to be, wondering when
the pipes will finally steal me, roll me slowly, densely,
in the terrible, brown river.

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  1. #1 by pattisj on August 16, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Ok, out of the gutter and back on the bright side! ๐Ÿ™‚ The tigers are beautiful.

    • #2 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:52 pm

      Some days I need a tiger to drag me out. It’s bright right this moment!

  2. #3 by abichica on August 16, 2011 - 1:19 am

    the tigers are amazing..beautiful poem.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #4 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:52 pm

      You are so kind to stop by and comment. I do appreciate it!

  3. #5 by scribbla on August 16, 2011 - 2:09 am

    Another great poem. This may be one of the most easily understood writing on depression I’ve ever read. It really captures what is going on.
    “It is the same as what everyone has” – was particularly insightful. More people need to read this.

    • #6 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:54 pm

      This is a very inspirational comment for me. I appreciate your kindness,

  4. #7 by Carl D'Agostino on August 16, 2011 - 4:56 am

    “…the pipes will finally steal me…” Bu can t they “steel” you to become immune or dismissive of this milieu?

    • #8 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:56 pm

      If still in the pipes, the milieu is still poisoning us! But maybe I can swim in the brown river.

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