By Alexa Renner
Not That Important
Not that important. That’s what she says to me. As if the beat of her heart Isn’t keeping me on earth, As if the breath in her lungs Isn’t my life, As if her smile Isn’t my soul. Not that important, They say to me As if she isn’t Alive, As if she isn’t My friend, As if she isn’t Human. Oh God! If you exist Take it from her, Give it to me Make them see The injustice! Smite them Instead of her! Nothing to be done Society speaks. As if they can’t spare One medication, As if she is A burden, Not a carrier of burdens, As if she Did something to deserve this. That’s what justifies The stopping Of her heart.
Divisive Anger Hate Words that sum up 2020 Not really Didn’t you see? Neighbors helping neighbors New charities sprung up Like dandelion weeds Humanity Thought for a second (An unusual occurrence) Put aside the weapons (Mostly) And fought two greater foes The first is easier to beat. COVID was the wild boar Our job was to cut off Its ugly head It charged We put up shields of cloth And weapons of needles We’ve trapped the beast Possibly forever The second is harder. Alone in a dark room Thinking, thinking, thinking Slice across the skin Nothing left Loneliness Mental illness Festered Preying on us Then, hope Some killed Political differences To talk to the human Next door Some lassoed Angry feelings Reigned them in To live like brothers Some shed Their own enjoyment To help The hurting hearts We all have hope And that will never be broken
Shut up, Put up Be glad the Neurotypicals Allow you to exist With mental illness What if they’re wrong What if they’re the mentally ill? They lied about everything else “Schizophrenics are violent, always” They say They have wars every other week Excuse me, who’s the violent one here? “Depressed people don’t make good friends” They say Friends don’t try to harm friends So what does that make them? “Autistics are self absorbed” They say While putting themselves Above another human Not all are like that There are some good ones There are many bad ones Perhaps I’m being unfair to them After all, they all have something in common With us: There is no them and us There is just humanity