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So whAt. [Poetry]

24 Mar

poetry_so_what_002Thank you for taking time to read my notes here, as well as the poem. I hope they lend clarity to the design and the elements of style.

TITLE. I capitalized the letters in such a way so as to portray my disassociation with reality when I am in the throws of depression. When Specter has me in his grip.

DESIGN. The bleak, worn background speaks to my depression. I thought it would speak to the figure I wrote about in each verse. To each reader.

As usual, I had an image but decided to remove it so focus would be on making sense of the words, rather than how the image related to the words.

VERSES. I think this poem comes off as snarky and patronizing at first. I went out on a limb and kept it that way because I wanted the reader to make sense of it as they progressed.

For instance, the first two lines of each verse state a problem society might have with us (italics). A “harmless” comment made about how tired we look, or how we couldn’t handle something like everyone else.

Perhaps these are things we think. How many times have you and I felt like the speaker in the first verse? “This is not my day. I’ve never tripped so much in my life. WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH ME TODAY??!!”

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People never know what goes on behind our scenes. We deal with rejection by our parents; our own flesh and blood. We can’t sleep because the night terrors won’t go away. We are broken with the loss of a marriage. We each have our demons. We each have our skeletons. We each have our masks.

It is my hope that each of my readers may find a piece of themselves in these verses. And know that they are not alone.

Do you have a verse to add that reflects your experience with your mental condition (“illness”)? I’d love to see it added in the Comments section.

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12 responses to “So whAt. [Poetry]

  1. nstravens

    03/07/2016 at 13:01

    Hey, do you mind if i Use your poem to make a stop motion video. I will credit and send it to you after 🙂

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  2. mistakenldy

    03/25/2015 at 10:57

    This is such a moving piece Surviving’. Description of so many struggles we all face while giving empathy and grace at the same time. The relation to PTSD pain & judgements is impeccable. Thank you for sharing this 🙂 Helped me find a bit of comfort from most recent midnight terrors.

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  3. magicallymad

    03/25/2015 at 08:26

    Wonderful, your poetry is refreshingly accessible. I am always happy to read something that I identify with but simultaneously terribly sad that someone else is experiencing it. I hope you have a good day today.

    Liked by 1 person

     

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