Haikus on Depression

by Karen Gsteiger

i'm doing this not

so much to complain but to

explain my absence.

it's as though i have

lost the capacity for

joy. everything's gray.

man, i used to think

i had problems before all

this shit came up. ha!

so i have been just

barely functioning. i try

to laugh once a day.

i've gotta fight this

shit. life's too short to wallow.

clean the fucking house.

believe it or not,

i've got a bit of fight left

in me. not hopeless.

i'm going to get

back on track, starting today.

right after this nap.

don't worry. i'm no

sylvia plath. i'm not that

good at poetry.