Matthew Almeida

Likeable Things

Once upon a time
There was a man who didn’t like rhyme.
He didn’t like fun.
He didn’t like his son.
He didn’t like stones.
He didn’t like to be known.
He didn’t like family.
He didn’t like the homily.
He didn’t like to be feared.
He didn’t like to be scared.
This man only liked one thing

He liked nothing.
He needed help that’s what people said
But he was fine being dead.
He had depression, this was not true
He just didn’t have an obsession; that he liked to review.
He believe everyone else was too worried about him
When they had other problems on their brim.
He just wants to be with his own thoughts
That he had been taught.


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