depression, explained

depression, explained  placed 8th in its division of the 81st Annual Writers Digest Competition. 4732winner seal

depression, explained

a price tag

      left on the floor

of an abandoned store,

faded paper umbrellas

     in a shabby shop,

the plop

     of rusty water in a crazed sink,

          the slick of grease

     on kitchen tile,

the stink

of boxwood after rain, the pain

          of a hangnail,


     concrete in an empty pool,

           a tattered fairy costume,

the despair

     of an orange chair

           in a dingy waiting room.


Orange chair