I’m Getting Her PTSD. Pt. 3. [Poem]

13 Mar

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 2 of her story and the lessons she’s taught me.

The Night Harpies of Terror-

The demons attack, when she’s sleeping at night,

I feel her twitching beside.

Their shredded wings spread, their chipped talons slash,

She always in terror to hide.

She awakens from choking, from a former attack,

That cut off the breath of her life.

And whispered to me to hold her tight,

So I roll over; I do what is right.

She cries silently, under muted sobs,

And doesn’t want me to hear.

Afraid that I’ll yell, or repeat it all,

I don’t blame her, from feeling her fear.

She lives in terror; an over shoulder attack,

That comes whenever it wants.

And I’ve learned to adjust, to help her with this,

She’s taught me to be the man that I must.

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 03/13/2015 in Poetry, PTSD


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9 responses to “I’m Getting Her PTSD. Pt. 3. [Poem]

  1. Surviving the Specter

    04/21/2015 at 05:40

    Thank you for your generous words and practical insight, mistaken. And for your courage in being vulnerable to spread PTSD awareness in your posts. You are helping so many people to know that they are not alone. You are giving them hope.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mistakenldy

    04/21/2015 at 04:57

    One of the most important parts in supporting those suffering from PTSD is the gentle reminders to yourself of all the things you learned as well as the basic needs they may have shared with you. Their basic are the best coping mechanisms for both of you. If there is sudden change like most of us with mental illness, come unwanted triggers. 🙂 Me personally, keeping everything black and white is the best way. This poem is breathtaking Surviving’. Hope this touches so many others.

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