Poetry from C. Renee Kiser

Empathy Test Blues

Remember when 
I loved you with all my might 
and believed  
 
with all my might 
that you’d , well,  
come around 
 
A sincere thank you
for teaching me  
how important testing is  
early on 
 
And until now, 
I thought it was  
only your humanity in question 
but it seems 
I lacked empathy for  
myself 
 
to call a flatline  
love.

Five

shaky bed 
but
i'll pretend
we're at sea
the nightlight
is 
my lighthouse

getting closer
waves
harder and faster
it won't be long
now
the captain
says, almost 

he'll soon
go 
and snore loudly
back in the
other boat
so
i can sink

into my 
shame
and i'll hide,
wander in nightmares
that comfort
in 
comparison

Bio: C. Renee Kiser, a.k.a. snail viXen, is an American poet who tends to explore identity issues due to different forms of emotional abuse, the journey to self-love, and healing within complicated relationships. Her poetry is quirky and armed with bold confessional dynamite. Her humor is confrontational, often abrupt, and always unsettling.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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