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Chase - Raymond Hoffman

I’m too many things,

From shy to extrovert,

Quiet to loud,

Shameful to proud,

Lock myself in my room,

Jump from club to club,

Too shy to look others in the eye,

Then spending weeks with strangers every night,

What am I?


Is that me that hops on planes?

Jumping job to job,

Kind of hate it,

Like I’m not tethered to a center,

Ping ponging around my mind and world,

It finally gets exhausting,

Yet it is addictive to chase,

And even more to be chased,

I like a good run,

Even when the soles wear thin.


Raymond Hoffman has a background in political science and Southeast Asian Studies. He has taught in China for many years and currently is a fifth grade teacher in the Midwest. Poetry writing has been used by him as a coping mechanism for bipolar disorder for over a decade now. Sylvia Plath has always been a great source of inspiration, as has been Albert Camus.

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