Almost

You almost had me beat Made me think I would never stand again On my own two feet   You almost won this fight Had me on the ropes Cowering against the blows Landing left and right   I was almost counted out Flat out on the canvas To continue would be madness The referee [...]

The Invisible Cage

Each year it comes; An anniversary Awakening The memory Of desperate times And misery An airless bubble Suffocating me A cage that no-one Else can see From which I still fight To be set free Invisible To all but me   Response to the Word of the Day Challenge prompts: desperate, anniversary & bubble

Citizen of Darkness

A frisson of excitement Frees me If only for a moment From the prison I too often Find myself inside Barely able to function Forced to suffer The pains of yesterday How did I ever get this way? No longer living I survive Having lost all zest for life A citizen of Darkness Since I was [...]

Native

I do worry Sometimes That were I to rid myself Of my depression I would be cutting away A part of me   For surely these feelings Existed Inside of me from the beginning A disease, yes But invasive, no   Is it right to kill A native species Even when it longs to destroy [...]

The Long Road

The journey’s long But the day is young There’s much to see And much more to learn   Don’t be afraid To lose your way To veer off course To go astray   Take the road That no-one knows Where no-one goes And maps don’t show   This journey’s yours So go explore Find what [...]

Wellbeing

People think wellbeing Is about being well But it's not I mean, look at me I'm not well I haven't been for a long time I maybe never will But I'm in a good place Compared to where I've been I've found comfort and contentment To me that's good wellbeing Even if it isn't being [...]

Moth to the Flame

Like a moth To the flame My unguarded mind Is drawn To the thoughts I know will serve Only to burn But I suffer The flame Enduring The burning For the biggest mistake I could make Would be to shy Away from the fire Away from the light And live a life In darkness Response [...]

Mental Masochism

It was meant to be my penance Self-imposed punishment But in time I grew to love the pain I inflicted on myself I became addicted To the torment inside Eating me alive I gave in To masochistic tendencies Allowing the disease To take over And infect my mind I gave it control Over my entire [...]

Beneath the Dule Trees

I close my eyes Drift off to sleep Float away To a far away place Where the night never ends Yet the stars never shine Walking a path Lined with dule* trees Ropes hanging from long dead boughs And each tree named After a regret A failure A trauma from my past Every demon living [...]