For this week’s prompt, write an isolation poem. This could be a poem about isolation that is forced upon someone or that people impose on themselves. Or it could be an isolation that does not involve people.
Here is my attempt:
“Ourselves as monsters”
We hide inside our houses now,
inside our apartment buildings.
We quit looking ourselves in our eyes,
afraid we’ll find something there.
Our phones ring and we let them,
because no one calls us anymore.
We know no one calls us anymore,
because we carry our phones
like concealed weapons, but that’s not
the worst of it, not even close.
We call ourselves, and we don’t answer,
because we’re afraid of ourselves,
the shadows we cast and noises
we make outside like foxes
searching for something flesh
to consume at night
when the world should
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