Tag Archives: anxiety

Curse or Blessing

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“…The spell (mental illness)

kept a finger on my lips

for years after. When I try

to measure that time like a

mother checking her child’s

progress with a yard stick, there

are gaps in development,

as if two pickets on a fence

were kicked in and the air between

became vague memory. ”

 

(Continued on my website)

https://hubpages.com/literature/Curse-or-Blessing

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Phobia (micropoetry)

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I was just minding my own

business. Then my brain

tapped me on the shoulder one day:

“See that? Obsess over it”

“…Why?”

“You just gotta.”

Social Anxiety (part III)

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Thank you for the invitation.

But I must be leaving early.

They noticed the cracks

in my head the second I entered

the room. And you can do better

than a burden.

Better on Paper.

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Thoughts before I speak

are hands rearranging letters on the Scrabble

board until it finds coherence.

I open my mouth and all that spills is

static, voices under water,

an awkward pose,

unkempt hair and dirt under my fingernails.

But sometimes it lands on paper,

in high definition.

Clear,

as if you’re reading through a picture window

or most likely,  someone else.

Obsessive Compulsive (Revisions)

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Preventing a car accident is easy:

 

Be sure to wipe your hands on your jeans

before touching the steering wheel.

Set the radio’s volume to an even number.

Turn on the CD player. Keep

“Hell’s Bells”

on repeat while on the bridge or interstate.

Count to ten.

(Repeat when necessary).

Keep gum in the cup holder for good luck

good behavior,

good outcome,

but don’t touch it until you’re safe at home again.

 

-None of this makes sense.

-No. But it’s been working. So just in case….

A Little Obsessive Compulsive (Revised)

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Preventing a car accident is easy:

 

Be sure to wipe your hands on your jeans

before touching the steering wheel.

Set the radio’s volume to an even number.

Turn on the CD player and keep

“Hell’s Bells”

on repeat while on the bridge or interstate.

Count to ten.

(Repeat when necessary).

Keep gum in the cup holder for good luck

good behavior,

good outcome,

but don’t touch it until you’re safe at home again.

 

-None of this makes sense.

-No. But it’s been working. So just in case….