Captain

A ship at sea guided

By a captain who struggles

With the odd cold or two.

He needs seamen

To help him through

The episodes of being trapped

In the doldrums of mental illness.

At times, the captain’s colds morph

Into pneumonia and he needs

Hospitalization leaving his trusty crew

To guide the rudder.

Often though, it’s just a sniffle

And all he needs is to

Grab a tissue.

He’s been afflicted before

And there were no fatalities,

Nor any near misses.

The team that whispers a good word

Now and then

Marshmallow out the sails

To blow the ship

Away from the doldrums.

Just say you’re in for the journey.

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