Tom Charles Bair III
Upon Learning That Multiple Personality Syndrome Is Not a Thing Who do I have to pay To affirm all of me. I’ll begin the essay Every time I can afford therapy I am already in it, and I’ll go on To talk about my heroes, Who were the kinds of narcissists That devoured rooms And my performed lack of confidence Like an apple tree whose apples Have stars at the center. One way to get through work is to be reflective. Another: let the rhythm carry you. The problem, of course, with both of these so-called solutions Is that they do not guarantee Satisfaction. Only The work of insects falls upon the shoulders of insects A season of hamburgers with tar for meat
Tom Charles Bair III is a Chemistry teaching resident in Pittsburgh, PA. Poems, stories, games, and essays have recently appeared in The Fabulist Words & Art and The Interactive Fiction Competition. He holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.