This is What Happened to Me in Only One Year

it’s about
a week away from
the end
of this year
& the start of
another

i looked back
over
everything i’d written
everything i’d done
since
this time
a year ago

there were a lot
of words
too many
to be exact
there was a lot
of trying
a lot of
sincere effort
to be happy
content
understanding
and there was
sadness
nearly every day
and
eventually
it just seems to have
taken over
entirely

sadness
the forever companion
the shadow
no amount of effort
could purge

i was
a pretentious son-of-a-bitch
sometimes
but
i was running
from the shadow
but

i was running
in place.

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