Category Archives: Poetry

Butterfly Haiku

A pulse of color
Bright, dark, swimming through the air
Like living rainbows

Can’t Quite

I cannot sleep.
I can’t quite wake.
Caught, lost between,
I stumble and fake
And shake and break
And struggle on
For nothing’s sake.

Mental Illness

In the United States,
One in five have one –
Plus more undiagnosed.
There are over twice as many
Suicides as homicides.

The person who has it
Doesn’t want it,
Has tried to stop it,
Tries to hide it, and
Fears to never be free.

No matter what kind:
It can’t be willed away.
Smiling doesn’t help.
“Bringing you down”
Confirms worthlessness.
Deriding “weirdness”
Increases helpessness.
Both build hopelessness.

Listen without judgment.
Fight impatience.
Offer kindness.

Waterfall Haiku

Essence of a storm,
White noise to roaring extreme,
In fierce, falling flow

Unseen Barrier

An unseen barrier lurks
Between thought and action.
As unbreakable as untouchable,
It cages the frantic mind
As the body lazes weightless.

Unwelcoming Welcome

Stark grey and white rooms,
Air like a cold, winter breeze,
Splashes of harsh red

Anxiety Strikes

Like a bolt of lightning
Trapped in the body
Dashing from limb to limb
Seeking its freedom but only
Setting off extraneous thoughts and
Sending emotions into frenzies.

A Silent Struggle

A silent struggle:
Colors buffeted and tossed
To sounds imagined


A gentle patter
Topped occasionally by
A deluging rush

Surgery Acrostic

Undergone to
Remove, replace, or repair:
Generally, by plan. By
Emergency more rarely.
Results rely most on
Your surgeon.

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