You Stop Taking the Pills

You stop taking the pills
to take a break,
to take one step back
and see
whether that moody kind of mood
—the depressive, destructive kind—
is really so bad after all.

“Go out and meet people,”
they say,
but you know
what you deeply crave
is some sort of quiescence
in which you can bathe in your own gloominess
in peace,
and let your mind wander
wherever the shadowy paths lead.

© 2018 Cassian Vu

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