narrative disorder

Aaron Lozier/ May 14, 2020/ Poetry

humans are narrative creatures
we tell stories to explain the world around us
but soon we forget they are just stories

conspiracies work like that
we prefer tragedy over chaos
we would rather be victims of evil
than just be unlucky

we would rather give all of our power to another
than admit we have no power
or worse – that we have failed

but i’ve also heard
that depression is a narrative disorder
when our stories go wrong
and start to work against us

we become trapped in our own plot
where we are either the villain
or the minor character
the editor forgot to cut

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