I AM YOUR REASON

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 8:50pm

Ring In This New Year

with Me As Your Reason

for Schizophrenia

for I Am The Human Mind:

I take unlimited forms

no — I will not hack a head off

on a Greyhound Bus

no — I will not shove an unsuspecting commuter

onto a subway track

no — I will not mow down

a school yard

of kids

I have had My Head examined

for twenty years

yes — I take medication for sleep

who doesn’t?

yes — I have strange desires

seemingly unfulfilled

who hasn’t?

But I Am Here Hear People

I Am Alive

Are You Ready & Willing

To Shoulder

My Outrage?