I’m Getting Her PTSD. Pt. 2. [Poem]

08 Mar
I’m Getting Her PTSD. Pt. 2. [Poem]

How do you relate to the people in your life with PTSD?


This post is part of a series of poems dedicated to my girlfriend. She has PTSD and severe anxiety and you will understand her story with each post. Each time I learn something about the mental conditions she lives with, I add a “part” to the series. Please read Part 1 and Part 3 of her story and the lessons she’s taught me.

Daggerous Words-

She came at me, in a tone that was harsh,

And I shut down and put up a wall.

I reinforced it with ego, and self centered-ness

I put up my guard, I let the gate fall.

I was angry, insulted, and wounded inside,

Her sticks and her stones had wounded my pride

I lashed back in defensiveness, with a little man’s heart,

I lost my bearing, I fell apart.

I fell short of the man, I needed to be

It wasn’t her, it was the PTSD

The years of bones that were broken and bruised,

The hate, and the lies, and the wrong.

Of kicks and punches, and choking and hate,

Is always present, ne’er gone.

Now she fights for her mind, and own sanity,

And I need to remember her will.

And support her with love, and uncommon valor,

And never say words that are ill.

She’s grown on me, and taught me her life,

My mouth hangs open in awe.

For I’m getting her condition, her PTSD

I’m beginning to understand it all.

Do you have suggestions for supporting people with PTSD? Will you share them with us?


Posted by on 03/08/2015 in Poetry, PTSD


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13 responses to “I’m Getting Her PTSD. Pt. 2. [Poem]

  1. nancydavis

    03/17/2015 at 10:02

    Love the support you are giving your girlfriend Chris. Nice job! Kudos to you for understanding a difficult condition.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cherished79

    03/14/2015 at 08:27

    Reblogged this on living in stigma.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. cherished79

    03/14/2015 at 08:26

    Anyone who is struggling with PTSD is stronger than they believe, it’s a long and bumpy road when in therapy and not for everyone. Yes, a true warrior. I’m reblogging.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Surviving the Specter

      03/14/2015 at 12:19

      Thank you for the reblog, cherished’ 🙂 Yes I agree, she is a true warrior, as well as her “brothers” and “sisters”.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. mistakenldy

    03/08/2015 at 23:40

    Very powerful piece Suriving’. Thank you for sharing your intermost thoughts with your readers. These words may help so many understand their loved ones suffering w/ PTSD.

    Liked by 1 person


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