First Line of Defense

You don’t want me running to anyone else,

want to be my first line of defense,

but how does that work

when I’m not allowed

to speak to you?

Will I be scoffed at

for running to a friend

to discuss the fear of a mental spiral,

a supporter

to celebrate my one thousandth poem

in the way we were supposed to,

or a stranger

when the five letter feared diagnosis occurs?

Map the responses,

tell me how

this is supposed to work

when I’d run to you

but am not allowed to.

-POE(MS)

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