My heart like a fire escape

J. David
A thousand and one reasons to continue. A thousand and one lives of poetry. A thousand and one ways to find joy.
Created 26 Jul 2021
  • My Heart like a Better Place
    25 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    I’ve been thinking lately about the small kindnesses we pay each other. How easy they are to eschew. But instead how readily we bestow them. This is a fancy way of saying nobody NEEDS to be kind but t...
  • My Heart like a Pyre
    04 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    As eager as I was to participate in the Sealey Challenge this year, yet again I found myself falling short of its goal of reading one poetry collection per day in August. But this year maybe for a dif...
  • My Heart like a Parachute
    14 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The body comes equipped with parachutes. Prepped to pop, they release of their own accord when sensing the bottom is near. I mean this almost literally. I mean this in the sense that after a good and ...
  • My Heart like a Voicemail
    02 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Content warning: This entry recalls a friend’s suicide attempt. There is a poem in my chapbook that ends “everyone’s life is a thing they didn’t choose.” It’s one of those things you think in hindsigh...
  • My Heart like a Lantern
    29 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    A handful of years ago I came across a study carried out by so-and-so from insert prestigious university. It made the front page of the news app I was using at the time. I remember none of the specifi...
  • My Heart like an Escape Plan
    26 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Content warning: This entry discusses suicide and suicidal ideation very openly in tandem with Schizophrenia. After close to a year in remission my Schizophrenia returned in January. I could give you ...
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