Flamenco at the Thirsty Bear. Jim Gunshinan

About Jim Gunshinan

 • The Artificial Heart
 • Heroes
 • Geography Lessons
 • Blue Cornflowers
 • Living by Water
 • Upon This Rock
 • The Man Dad Brought
    Home from the War
 • Physics
 • Black and White
 • Not the Mom We Were
    Used To
 • Nothing Sacred
 • Spring
 • Transformation
 • Please Straighten That Up
 • Up from Depression
 • What the Body Wants
 • Compassion
 • Commute
 • Kiss Me
 • Starter Castles
 • Flamenco at the Thirsty
 • A Nature Poem
 • Portrait of a Woman from
   the Gardens of Egypt in the
   First Century



Up from Depression

Two years ago I fell off a mountain
and deep into the earth.
I climbed back

through the Mercy
of friends, the treatment center
then poets and dancers. I found life

in the large eyes of the woman I held.
It was in her long legs
that lay warm across my thigh

in the morning.
I woke up dancing and then
came the hot sobbing and I looked

at the icon of Jesus on the wall
of my bedroom and said
Love, don’t ever leave me again.

  © Jim Gunshinan, 2013


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