photo by Greg Semendinger/NYPDT

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Poem by Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher & John C. Mannone

Photo credit: Greg Semendinger/NYPDT

On the day after, we walked from downtown,
from our apartment to 14th Street to catch a train
to Penn Station, but the subway was closed.

Most streets were glutted with silence, empty
of the usual yellow cabs with their impatient horns,
and people, except for one block just east of here.

The healthy ones, with that zombie look, lined-up
close to give all they could spare of their blood
to those who had spilled theirs yesterday.

The sky had an eerie light scattering through
the heavy dust still settling on them, along with
a choking malaise that still recurs every year.

Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher

Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher is a writer of fiction and poetry.Her flash fiction story “The Big Duke,” was published in September of 2015.Mentored in techniques of writing, she published several micro flash shorts the same year, including “The Plunge,” and also has short stories in the Grey Wolfe Publishing anthologies. Her book “Shorts for the Short Story Enthusiasts,” was published in the fall of 2018. Lisa currently resides on Long Island, New York with her husband Rick and her little dogs Lucy Lu and Breanna Sue.

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