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Becoming Hollow


TL Taylor

Ripping, tearing, cutting-my now emaciated
soul has been rendered into shreds.
The emotional and psychological cost
has been staggering-
And yet, at least physically,
I am still standing,
though I know not how or why;
the proverbial bloodied but not bowed.
Will my soul ever be whole again?
Can I find the answers which I seek?
Will they make me whole again?
Or bring nothing but more questions?
Total destruction of my psyche
has temporarily halted the onslaught-
now is the time to seek solace
with friends, family, loved ones.
Nay, they have all gone:
nowhere to be found.
So I just hide, mostly in plain sight,
awaiting the next round of ripping
of tearing, of cutting and grinding
what little remains of me.

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