OCD

Guardrail folded
around an invisible

            body the case
            of a missing person

melancholia’s
inability to mourn

            *

Lili returns to IKEA
for the umpteenth time

small imperfections
in white paint

            *

Prozac proven to improve
perfectionism

How as a girl the promise
of a new notebook

dashed with the first slip
always returned

with another notebook

            *

Pine Dale says the stone
across the tracks

its engraving what
a nameplate dog
tag, tomb

the houses on our side
huddle in nameless cluster
mere outgrowth
cradled by the tracks

            *

Extricating myself now
            more easily

since renaming naptime
            “quiet time”

Theo will sleep

            *

Already longer than last year
her list of resolutions
do-overs

Cameron Morse is Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review, a poetry editor at Harbor Editions, and the author of six collections of poetry. His first, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Far Other (Woodley Press, 2020). He holds an MFA from the University of Kansas City—Missouri and lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife Lili and two children. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.

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1 Response to OCD

  1. L.K. Latham says:

    So much fun! It’s like my mind when taking a walk.

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