Lisa Nielsen and
Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard
Inspiration piece

Not the Blight You’re Thinking of
By Lisa Nielsen

i watch your grueling hunchbacked body
meandering side to side while frustrated commuters twist about to get around you

you’ve been amassing pain and bitterness as if it were your birthright
the resulting inheritance is a million electrodes
and daily spams
amalgamating into an unrelenting you

motion is crucial, even sleep is nothing more than rotating bones in a fit of despair

imagine being on guard, not like we all are with our game of emotional charades,
but truly every moment taken up with a sword
and shield

imagine that
so think before you sneer and disregard

not all of us are brave enough to wear our monsters on capes


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