self portrait – with apologies to J. Deutschendorf

there’s a darkness in my soul
how it got there
I don’t know

there’s a weight on my spine
twisting me
pushing my face into the ground

there’s a hole in my heart
an emptiness
black like space

there’s a coarseness to my tongue
like a sailor
it will lash out

there’s a light in my eyes
a sparkle
it will fool you

there’s sunshine
on my shoulders
and it makes me happy

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