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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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