The Follower

I wasn’t going to post this, but what the heck; here is my response to the MVB prompt: Follower.
Note: in the poem I say “4 or 6 weeks” — that’s the amount of time between severe depressive symptoms. The milder yet no less discouraging (sometimes devastating) symptoms happen 5 or 6 days a week for me. That’s not to say every moment of those harder days is terrible; I often have sincere gratitude for several things by the time the day is over. But it’s really hard, if I’m being honest.
Anyway, on to the poem! This is free-verse.


It’s
Knocking
At
My
Door :

The depression,
The devoted follower
Of mine, who won’t
Leave me alone
For more than
Four or six weeks —
It keeps

Knocking
At
My
Door
Harder and
Harder to ignore.

It’s easy enough
To say ‘just
don’t
let
it
in’

But it doesn’t
Go away
Often.

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