A Scam

I suppose there are reasons.
Excuses, maybe to
buy more time to
fix all that’s gone wrong.
To be fair
what’s wrong now were all merely
hopes and
pipe dreams from
a while ago.
That distance that seems so short is
most likely,
miles from where you started.

It’s not about finding reasons for the future
you could just
get hit by a bus
and it would all
be for nothing.

I think it’s more about finding reasons for now
even if they’re tiny,
even if the only reason is to stick around
to spite the feeling of
Gather your nerve as small and quiet
as it may be.
Retreat if you must
and conceal if you need.
It’s not healthy, no
but it’s healthier
than jumping off
a bridge.

Sometimes it’s better to take it
from the left
to the right
left, right, left and so on
without considering the place
where we stop.
Put your head down
and refuse to look up
if you must, ignore
each shoe that passes by
if you need to.
It’s a bit rude, yes but it’s kinder
than jumping off
a bridge.

Maybe it’s about value
and not for the
sake of finding a value but for
what you value most now,
Existence is a scam and
they all profit from
the con, clutch your
pennies if you need to.
It’s expensive, but
expensive is expansive and
given that economy,
I suppose it’s cheaper
than jumping off
a bridge.

Published by R.T

Brit born and Canada bound, I run On Tuesdays, my poetry blog where I write weekly(ish) poems.

2 thoughts on “A Scam

  1. love this
    Great post! I love the idea of finding reasons for now, even if they are tiny, to keep going. It’s a powerful message to remind ourselves that we have the strength to persevere through tough times. My question for you is: What inspired you to write this post and what are some of the ways you motivate yourself to find those reasons for now?


    1. My apologies for the delay in seeing this; thanks for the comment. My own struggles with mental health motivate a lot of my writing, this is no exception. There’s a calmness that comes from accepting that reasons don’t necessarily have to be about big revelations, it takes the pressure off, I think. Thanks for dropping by again!


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