You can call it clinical
and study it like a chemical
but I call it a train you didn’t
buy a ticket for. Everyone rides
at least once, some have a return pass.
Outside the closed windows
faces blur by with
mouths of encouragement
but their words are flattened pennies
on the tracks.
Blame my induction
on timing or bad genes
the broken circuitry of my brain
on too much sugar in my youth
But stop your panaceas in your throat
before I drown them like kittens.
Better you should punch a hole in my ticket,
hand it back. Say,
Lucie is an administrative assistant in Central Florida who writes poetry with the intention of capturing a moment in time. Her work has appeared in publications such as Autumn Sky Poetry, The Writing Disorder, The Orlando Sentinel, and Revelry, among others. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first chapbook.