All posts tagged: mental health

Anxiety

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Creeps up snarlingYellow teeth sharpStomach contracts In anticipation Heart is set for fightNever flightNever freezeAlways charge But there is nothing to charge againstNo one to fightBut myselfBrain is stuck in an archaic patternWith nowhere to go No long boat to boardNo swords to drawNo arrows to aimNo spears to sharpen Paper and pencil sometimesAre not mightier than the swordThe soul remembers Saber-teeth and battles

Be relentless

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Relentlessly optimisticRelentlessly happy Give into your sadness with all your beingAnd let it run, run, down the river Give into your joy with all your heartLet your inner child embrace life again Give into your anger with all your mightLet it rage until your knuckles bleed Give into your love with all your SelfLet it grow, grow until it leaps onto others Be relentlessIn living this life of yours Just one ruleDon’t destroy anyone else […]

Suffixes for Abuse

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The prefixes you have for meUsually start with fucking (insert derogatory term here)You used them the moment you knew off meNot anything about me–just off me A threat to your carefully spun web of deceitOf course you feel threatened by meYou cannot manipulate meYou cannot predict me Your open threat:‘Hands down I will win.’Won’t work with meI am healing–the nounThat means I am ripping off band-aids Granddad always said:‘Let air touch the wound to heal.’Air, […]

Daughter

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the photo of cake my stepdaughter made turned into an abstract piece of art with mirror imaging which makes it look like a later Vitorian brooch

Life isn’t Mutually exclusive Love isn’t Mutually exclusive Your space to live To thrive To grow My space to live To thrive To grow His love for you His love for me My love for you My love for him There is so much space For it all However, protect your love Your love for yourself Her pain Is not yours to carry Her darkness Is not yours to follow Her abuse Is not yours […]

Survivor

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close up of a bonfire flame

I want to rage I want to rage so fiercely Like a hurricane ripping up the land I want to rain fire and brimstone I want flood the lands with stormwaves tall as mountains I want to swing my sword cutting through meaningless flesh I want to scream until your eardrums burst I want to let go let go of holding back the chaos And thus I sit My back to the wall Arms wrapped […]

Sadness

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dramatic night shot of full moon peeking through bare branches of trees

Sadness is leaking Like broken plumbing Sewage of pain Better out than in ey? Trying to stop the leak With bad habits Chocolate Mainly No drugs Never drugs Brain on emotional rollercoaster And it keeps spilling everywhere If you don’t watch it It will stick to you After a hug with me I don’t want that So I leave Walk alone In the dark In the woods I am not scared I am the woods […]

Unseen

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photo winter scene ... snow covered fields, dark grey sky, a large bare tree on the right, sun barely breaking through the clouds just left of the tree

You need no mask You need no hiding You walk unseen Amongst the living Yet you can hear Can listen They speak About your strength your beauty your light your resilience You hear Yet are unseen Until that day on which you learn that it was you who didn’t see yourself that is the day you start breathing

An act of writing

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Is an act of self-care An act of connecting An act of healing An act of civic duty An act of kindness An act of giving voice Voice to the voiceless the unseen the unheard Sometimes just the unseen parts of us the unheard sorrows the unwitnessed joys that pepper loneliness and make it more acute An act of writing Is an act of being An act of forgiving An act of punishing An act […]