and a diagnosis of nervous anxiety
isn't we are all like this always when
contending with the sheer impossibility
that it is contemptible and consumption is all.
is to find a girl with beautifully unwashed hair,
and use her green Converse boots
to kick someone else in the head.
Rishi Dastidar’s debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organization Spread The Word.