Dysthymia: Stagnant Trafficby Cate Lycurgus
the exit’s not marked Post- partum Seasonal Psychotic or the often merrier Manic not half the frolic of a holiday party whole nights drowning in punch lines strong orchestra of laughter to keep us from crying over the on-ramp’s stubborn curl ribbon a red loop nuisance to tug un-loose back at home with the heat left on and your scarf like a noose no one diagnoses generic danger strangling us on a normal basis unwrapping a new numb not so formal it won’t come buckle the small of your back a caress snuck up and un- seat belting out a welcome so concrete who would not soften who could not resist
Lycurgus doesn't provide the reader with a solution either. The poem brings this problem to our attention, but does nothing to help us overcome it. We are stuck, as we are so often in life, with the problems and asked to solve them for ourselves.