birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Blank Day

I noticed them and
named them first
in grad school.
Of course they  
existed before but
then their need
was profound and
their effect was sure.
(Still I fought them
with lies and guts . . . and
was sick a lot.)
They were days of
couches and naps
and video games
and something to numb
the guilt, like food.
Foul moods, being hot
reading a lot - - except
mostly interrupted  
by falling asleep.
If truth were told
(I'm not usually this
outspoken, but)
I need a blank day
tomorrow . . . or bust.

Not Throwing Away His Shot--But Struck Down Nevertheless

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