This Tanka summarizes the plot of an episode of CSI:NY whose tragic ending left me traumatized for a while.

A long while.

…Okay, full disclosure time: It still intrudes on my thoughts occasionally, and I wrote this poem as part of an effort to confront the anxiety that I experience during those moments. Its not yet clear to me whether or not that mission has fully succeeded, but I’m taking it as a positive sign that I’ve become comfortable enough to share all of this so openly. 🙂 Alright, here’s the poem:

And Here's To You, Mrs. Azrael