Extra Baggage

By Mike Berger

As a shrink, I see every day

people chained to misery.

Their woes are shackled to them.

They habituate to the extra load,

but they are always tired.


I counsel them about using some

guided imagery. I asked them to

go through these steps. Go home

and get a mental suitcase and stuff

it full of guilt, remorse, and shame.


Have your travel agent to book a

good hotel and get tickets to a

Broadway play. At check-in

be delighted paying the $15 to

check your suitcase in.


Hop on the plane with anticipation.

You will soon have no more baggage

to tote around, when the airline

loses your luggage. Don’t go look

in the lost and found.


I am 72 years old. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist for 30 years. I am now fully retired. I have authored two books of short stories.  I have published in numerous professional journals. I have freelanced for more than 20 years.  My humor pieces Clyde and Goliath, Good Grief Columbus, and If Noah Built the Ark Today have won awards.  I am now writing poetry full-time. I have many pursuits which include sculpting, painting, gardening and baking bread.  My forcaccia is to die for.

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