Depression Tantra by Yrik-Max Valentonis

Depression Tantra
I stare my depression in the face
“Who brought you here?” I ask
“Why am I letting you say?”
Tell me, tell me everything
Because I already know
every
nasty
painful
thing it has to say

I will listen to it and seriously consider its
arguments
accusations
assertions
That I beat myself with

I chew them up
like a savage starving beast
tear
shred
chew
Devouring hurtful depression
Ingesting torturous recriminations
Inhaling self-destructive anger

I force myself to fully understand
it reasons
its wants
its pain
My depression is mine
I accept it
I invalidate it
I outsmart it

I invoke my
survival beast
to savagely fight
I rebuild myself from the primitive
to the thinking
and I go on
I howl my victory
“GRAHHRR! RAHHR! GRAGHRR! RAHR!

Bio: Yrik-Max Valentonis is the author of 120 Days of Gomorrah and Cranium Theatre. His comics and writings have appeared the chapbooks: iDEAL and this is visual poetry; the anthologies: the Alien Buddha’s Block Party, The Alien Buddha Goes Pop, the Alien Buddha’s House of Horrors #3, the Alien Buddha’s Snail Mail, Animal Blessings, Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations (forthcoming), Divided Again, Heat the Grease We’re Frying Up Some Poetry, the Last Time the Alien Buddha Got Sooo High, Sinbad and the Winds of Destiny, and Zombie Nation: St. Pete. He earned a BA in English & American Literature from the University of South Florida and a MFA in Poetry & Prose from Naropa University.

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