Dogs 2010

SHADOW
(4/10/10)


17
the sun
shines down
on her Spring
Saturday

she
should
be planning
for prom
but is lost
in Depression's
darkness

no light
reaches
her room
still in bed
chin on knees
she hugs her legs
soaking them
with tears

her
friends
parents
doctors
boyfriend
shake their heads
making suggestions
to be rejected
as quickly
as they
are offered

only
days before
she was smiles
and light
but today
her inner
star has been
eclipsed
and she suffers
in umbral
lament

they wait
for the clouds
to clear
but no wind
of relief
seems to
urge them
away

they watch
the calendar
that used to be
a clock
and pray
for her
deliverance