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I’m Getting Her PTSD, Pt. 5 [POEM]

14 Jul

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 the previous verses. Each can be found at these links – Part 1, Part 2Part 3, and Part 4 of her story and the lessons she’s taught me.

Image of girl running

“In panic she runs, through her forested mind”

Running on Empty-

Heading towards “E”, one mile at a time,

The rubber is melting the road.

With her foot to the floor, and the gauge in the red,

She races to unburden her load.

The wraiths of panic, pursue her in flight,

Their talons are shredding her gown.

The harpies of terror, claw at her hair,

Knocking her down to the ground.

In panic she runs, through her forested mind,

Past triggers, closing too quick.

She can’t get away, not this time,

She’s stuck in the labyrinth; the crypt.

The branches slash, the thorns rape her skin,

And the rocks they bloody her feet.

She’s almost on empty, the tank’s almost bare,

She’s crumbling in fright and defeat.

And I catch up to her, pulling her close,

So she stops, and she looks up at me.

“I can’t do this. I won’t, and I quit.”

“Let me go. I just want to leave.”

And I let her crumble, and the tunnel opens up,

She’s so exhausted, and broke.

But she’s made it again, through the anxiety,

Such a spirit of resiliency and hope.

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.

Thank you for reading the fifth installment of this series. Please pass it on to those who are surviving through PTSD, flashbacks, and anxiety.

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11 responses to “I’m Getting Her PTSD, Pt. 5 [POEM]

  1. fromthedarkintothesunshine42

    01/27/2017 at 04:00

    Wow just so true thanks for sharing even though I’m a suffer of ptsd it means alot if others get it too..
    Sending love lis

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  2. peggyricewi

    07/15/2015 at 20:57

    These are beautiful poems. I’m so glad you are there for her, no matter your battles. She has a warrior and prince – you! God put you in her life, and her in yours, to be strength to each other. Thanks for sharing a little of it with us. And thanks to her, too – she is very brave to keep up the fight.

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    • Surviving the Specter

      07/15/2015 at 21:07

      Thank you for your thoughtful and kind words, peggy’. Life is a learning adventure adn I’m thankful I can write about it whenever I can. X

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  3. Tessa

    07/15/2015 at 00:43

    Reblogged this on Advocate for Invisible Illness! and commented:
    A 5 part poem for those with or who know someone with PTSD!

    Liked by 1 person

     
  4. Ms. Ethel Duck

    07/14/2015 at 22:43

    How beautiful. Bless you for listening to her not only with your ears but with you heart. What a beautiful tribute.

    Liked by 1 person

     
  5. sassafrassthefeisty

    07/14/2015 at 21:31

    Beautifully written my friend ❤

    Liked by 3 people

     

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