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Blotting Paper

John Zurn

I am just a blotting paper

that lives steeped in emotion.

I alter simple thoughts each day

and absorb them like a sponge.

This tendency to trust in feelings

has led to desperate moods.

The music always sounds appealing

when notes aren’t out of tune.


John Zurn

John Zurn

John Zurn has been faced with the challenges of bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder for his entire adult life. Over the years he gradually learned that medication, physical exercise, meditation, and creative writing were vital for his long-term recovery. Despite this challenge, he still managed to work as a teacher and counsellor for over thirty-five years. Now retired, he has more time to write and publish poems and stories.

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