Are you surprised to find yourself still alone?
just as you were moments before?
and as you were yesterday?
and last week
Once he hunched up under his workdesk
and carved into the most fragile membranes of his wrist
Not trying to empty his heart out, no
Just to change the dull direction a bit
Give new bearing to his bloodflow
Stranger, do not attack your skin
Instead, walk from room to room,
Opening closets, greeting the hunched and gnarled creatures within
Pain is the Siamese twin of joy
And you must accept its thorny bear hug
Throw yourself into the stinging waves of uncertainty
You are tossed in the frigid surf of it
It is nothing more than motion
It will burnish you soft as misty sea glass
And throw you, naked, back on the shore