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Therapy As A Metaphor

written by: Mark Tulin



I save money on therapy.
I lie on the couch of free verse,
writing twenty-line poetry,
sharing my feelings through syntax
and stanza in a spiral-bound book.

I channel my angst
in metaphor and simile.
I sublimate my desires
through wishes and dreams.

My therapist is the blank page
that I pour my heart into,
dribs and drabs of a troubled past.

My interventions
are the awareness of my thoughts
and emotions,
the mindfulness of my actions
and deeds.

I realize that there will never be any resolutions
to most of my problems and concerns,
just better poetry.

Mark Tulin

Mark Tulin

Mark Tulin is a former mental health therapist who lives in Santa Barbara, California. Mark has two poetry books, Magical Yogis and Awkward Grace available on Amazon. He has an upcoming book of fiction, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories available in August. Mark has been featured in Fiction on the Web, Wild Literary Magazine, Terror House Magazine, Trembling with Fear, Visitant, Oddball Magazine, New Readers Magazine, as well as anthologies, college journals, and podcasts.
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