A really insightful poem about anxiety and claustrophobia. Too often people look and judge and they have no idea the challenges that a sufferer faces inside. Its important that such poems get out into the world.
2 years ago
An enthralling yet saddening write. I like the short, sharp lines because they add pretense to the whole piece. Nobody knows what it's like not even those that suffer because we all have different battles we're fighting which is why we suffer and different ways in dealing. As Milly said, these kinds of poems need to get out.
I wish I could nominate but I'm out of votes.
You've really described anxiety and the struggles of living with each day so perfectly. Since its not something most people can visually see unless you are having a full blown attack most people would have no idea of the struggle you are experiencing. Thank you for putting this into words, so very well done-
You have manage to pen a piece here that induces feelings of being out of control. Being stressed, or anxious is something that many people say they understand but they don't really, do they? They may feel nervous as they take an exam, or go for an interview, but this pales into insignificance compared with acute variations, such as you aptly describe. I can only imagine the sensation of not being able to swallow or breathe. It must feel like being strangled from an unseen force. Just experiencing this once would be enough to make the anxiety rise like boiling bile every time you encounter the same triggers. At first the symptoms would be small, but over time they would grow and simultaneously your world shrinks to one room. A terrifying thought and one I can only empathise with.
Thank you for sharing. I hope you get the support you deserve.