Here I Stand – In Honor of World Suicide Prevention Day

This is an autobiographical fragment from my first year at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice back in 1990.  For those who are concerned, I no longer live on the 13th Floor but I appreciate your compassion and caring.  This may be triggering for readers with a history of suicide ideation and/or … Continue reading Here I Stand – In Honor of World Suicide Prevention Day

Sundowning

my days have become hourglass-shaped I rise early morning hours sit in front of my screen in quiet stillness feel alone in the world reflective internal my thoughts warm tumbled amorphous as I slowly wake thick golden syrup after sleep food caffeine percolates through my veins brings world into focus things become narrow sharper my wheels turn … Continue reading Sundowning

Queue the Music/A Mad World Poem-Christine Ray & Stephen Fuller

A collaborative poem with my incredibly talented friend Stephen Fuller. applause fills my ears like gin in my glass accolades for how well I convey pain others’ consume. I am their proxy their stand-in these words tears, blood I give tiny pins that prick nerves like strings tying up this human condition I am grateful … Continue reading Queue the Music/A Mad World Poem-Christine Ray & Stephen Fuller

I Cast a Shadow

in lost hours dim rooms i silently mold my hands in front of bare bulbs project distorted shadow puppets against lonely walls movement slow inelegant a mourning dove pierced through the breast by melancholy's sharp sterling thorn beats its wings ragged against ribbed cage of blue unable to launch fly free © 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray … Continue reading I Cast a Shadow