I am but a thin piece of pliable metal
wrapped tightly around myself
whose sole purpose is to keep it all together
tax documents, court room exhibits,
a page or two of insurance paperwork
I am adjusting slowly to the light of day
having spent most of my life locked away
in a dark cabinet forgotten by time
surrounded only by darkness and a deafening quiet
and now I sit here
resting in the carpet fibers of a dimly lit florescent hallway
largely ignored again by footsteps and vacuum cleaners
even the spiders and cockroaches
just trying to keep it all together

Image Credit:Neenu Vimalkumar

Ken Tomaro is a writer living in Cleveland Ohio whose work reflects everyday life with depression. His poetry has appeared in several online and print journals and explores the common themes we all experience in life. Sometimes blunt, often dark but always grounded in reality.

He has 4 full-length collections of poetry: Home Is Where the Headstones Are, An Angry Year, Paralysis & Potholes and Perogies (through Alien Buddha Press) available on Amazon.