Roget’s has dozens of words
To describe my state of being.
Numbness is protective steel,
Keeping myself safe from the
Sharpness of amplified feelings.
Numbness is a blanket of apathy
That protects my soft underbelly
From flaming darts that fly at me.
Natural or by man contrived,
A deadness of heart and soul,
Keeps me trudging in this life.