On Instagram

after Andrea Gibson


On Instagram I am a swing on a swingset,
a children’s book about Mister Rogers,
a long brown dress posed against a blank wall,
a series of light blue skies
and lush green hills
protecting Hindu and Jain temples

On Instagram I am a Jewish synagogue,
a writing workshop,
another statement t-shirt
that would make an easy gift
for any social justice
warrior’s heart

On Instagram I am a poem about the Statue of Liberty,
a poem about speaking to extraterrestrials,
a poem about my friend’s death,
a story and post
Suicide Awareness Month

On Instagram
I am smiling everywhere,
except for where
I am not
On Instagram I am open to everyone
until I am not

The Philippian Jailer, Suicide, and Hope