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The Gospel According to My Mother’s Depression

Grief is the mother of voyages”
– Romeo Oriogun

after it is over, I will look at my mother’s ruined body
& praise it for not giving up

& this poem began with Ed Sheeran’s ‘save myself’ being played
from mother’s mouth

society says depression can be both the happiness and sadness
in a woman’s eyes

or the smile that died on mother’s face every time she
stared into fog on the bathroom mirror.

where depression begins, is where one’s life …. & mother loses her voice
while trying to survive outside the obituary section of
her favorite newspaper.

breathing doesn’t means living when the body is full

sad songs played themselves in a mouth but it’s the sun that
refuses to rest when night arrives.

Jeremy T. Karn is a poet from Monrovia, Liberia. His poems have been published at Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, Odd Magazine, African Writer, Nanty Greens, Eboquill and other places. He can be reached through his email

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