National Poetry Month – US – Day #1

National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. -Wiki

In that spirit I will post a poem here each day in April.  I mean, c’mon, we can only consume so many pandemic media reports.

And here’s Day 1:

I hold a heap of insults in my arms
they are so heavy and piled
so high, I can barely see
over the top.
I don’t know how much
I can carry
or how much
I can hold them;
the effort is all-consuming.
But I am careful to never
drop a single one,
and now I add another to the pile
I stagger under their weight.
As I go about my days
I grow bent and bitter
under my burdens.
After all these years,
and all this time,
it has never occurred to me
that I could simply put them down.

The creature inside me growls
it wants to escape

I open my mouth to let it out
but instead it curls around my belly
and settles in.
It does not want
to leave me,
but is insistent
in its want of something

In the end I try to drown it,
but after all night at the bar
turns out
the damn thing
can swim