Crazy Hot

By tmanzano

The man down the hall
watches me leave every morning.
I catch him staring at me.

I smile and wave, he throws rocks
through his own windows;
I would like to avoid him today.

I do like it when he grows
flowers in spring - seems to
smile more those days.

His pill boxes overflow in Zinnia,
reminds me of a wedding.

In winter we shovel salt.
He is subdued by the heavy air.

Thick mustaches and beards
make for small talk - chit chat.

This summer has been crazy hot,
filled with people scampering about
like ants under glass - like

the hum of Cicada in the trees; 
voices in manic phase.

Those evenings he paces in circles,
screaming at me with his ice black eyes,
electrically peering through me,
in me, from me.

I slap my face with water, 
bite my arms and pull glass from my forehead 
because it's summer in my bathroom mirror.

I don't think I can take
the medication tonight;
I'm trying not to stare at him.

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Copyright 2014 tmanzano
Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.     Filed under: "Depressed" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

Re-write, although I have been encouraged to not pick at scabs.
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  • Jonas Robinson On Friday, February 15, 2019, Jonas Robinson (940)By person wrote:

    Nice ink. Good stuff. :)

  • tmanzano On Saturday, April 13, 2019, tmanzano (230)By person wrote:

    You have so many... I am honored by you.

  • carlosjackal On Sunday, January 13, 2019, carlosjackal (2613)By person wrote:

    As loaded as a Bukowski poem and just as brilliant. Absolutely mesmerising detail.

  • tmanzano On Saturday, April 13, 2019, tmanzano (230)By person wrote:

    I am in absolute humble shock to be mentioned in the same breathe. So thankful for your comment.

  • Arwen On Sunday, July 30, 2017, Arwen (191)By person wrote:

    This makes me wish my neighbor hadn't of put a tall fence up. Well written.

  • tmanzano On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, tmanzano (230)By person wrote:

    I just read this and it made me laugh... Thank you so much for the comment Wednesday!

  • Queazenart On Friday, April 22, 2016, Queazenart (239)By person wrote:

    I've been contemplating commenting on this piece for a while. It's an older one, but I keep coming back to it. It's got that signature touch of yours that makes everything so vivid in my mind's eye. Ever since I first read this, I've seen the speaker as a woman, and that makes it special in a small way. This really is one of your best, Tman. I've finally rated it, too. 10/10

  • soul_versing On Friday, April 1, 2016, soul_versing (959)By person wrote:

    I have so much respect for this, your tone was quite liberating. ...Perfection! Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Very well done. I love it! Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Very nice work! Scholar

  • megaprime81 On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, megaprime81 (772)By person wrote:

    Powerful is this piece, cuz it hits home with me. I love it. 10

  • Sketso On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Sketso (438)By person wrote:

    Eerily captivating. I was locked in from the first stanza, and practically felt the impact to the head with the last 3... What an entry to the DP world!

  • Numbers Peppelini On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Numbers Peppelini (84)By person wrote:

    Sends chills down me. It's like fighting to stay awake with a depression, not remembering why. Written with a moody precision which allows you to see from inside the subject

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