By Joshua Lindenbaum
OCD (Oh-see-dee) n. 1. An imagination that can override trusting one’s self. 2. Checking the door
knob for the eighth time because you know that if you don’t, it’s going to bother you; what
might . . . 3. Hovering your hand over the doorknob. 4. Repetitive thoughts that
If it was a person, I think I would’ve noticed; I was looking right at the road (after all). 6. Logic
others, an empathy without empathy for one’s self. 10. Pain. Lots. 11. Treatment is available;
there is hope. 12. It won’t be easy.
OCD (Oh-see-dee) adj. 1. The act of describing a quirk or ritual as in I have to make sure
all of my shoes are facing forward; I’m soo OCD. 2. If you ever made a similar statement,
3. Would you like to rephrase your statement?
After Kevin Coval and A. Van Jordan
Joshua Lindenbaum’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys, West Texas Literary Review, HEArt Online, Breadcrumbs, Yes Poetry, The Bangalore Review, Five:2
Image: “Scribbles,” March 11, 2015, ink on paper, William O. Pate II