Bleakness, A Warning

by Jessie Gionet

tough love;
in the world
once more.

My life
steeped cup
stale tea leaves
scraped off the floor
without comfort,
cold water.

no friend of mine
yet —
stalking and lurking
in shadows —
following hope
blocking off joy
deleting peace from
my contacts list
without regret.

Dramatic error
will be your plight
if you follow me —
mimic me —
admire my suffering
and repeat
the cycle of
and pain-giving.

Jessie Gionet has always dreamt of becoming a writer and has worked up the courage to pursue her dream this year. Born in Louisville, Colorado, she is taking a writing and illustration workshop at the Art Students League Of Denver.