No Escape

Michael Peach

Two days.
That’s all it took
For madness to return,
On finishing what I had hoped to be
My final poem for at least
Two months.
Such is the reality
Of living in the heart
Of prophetdom:
The moment one presumes
One deserves a rest,
Debilitating, self-destructive, damnable
Depression like a desert storm
Descends upon one’s defenceless head.

        14 June 1992

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