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Mental Shutdown

She is a cell floating in a hypertonic solution,
Exposed to stimuli but no reception.
In a solution saturated with inspiration,
With all the necessary motivation
However, her membrane has lost functionality,
It is no longer permeable by anything.

Negativity is at high concentration,
She is turgid with doubt and worry.
The internal and external, are polar.
No matter what she does,
It is impossible to expel the pessimism,
Exocytosis has been hindered.

Her membrane has lost functionality,
It is impermeable by anything.

She feels a painful pinch,
When all the cells around her,
Are maintaining their perfect environment,
With motivation flowing in
And negativity flowing out,
With inspiration flowing in
And melancholy flowing out,
Like perfect osmosis.

Her membrane has lost functionality,
It is impermeable by anything.

Being in this state is asphyxiating.
She fantasizes about bursting,
Into pieces of nothing,
Remains of her to simply dissolve,
In this solution she lies in.

Her brain has lost functionality,
It is impenetrable by anything.

Depression is trapped inside of her,
And she cannot seem to absorb positivity.
Now, her only hope lies in time,
In every consecutive second.
Maybe, her joy lies in the next minute,
Or the next hour.

Let her sleep,
And anticipate for a better next day.
Even if it is next month,
Or the next year,
She knows her joy will come,

About this poem

A poem that aims to portray a clear illustration of a depressed mind. It initially conveys despair but ends with the character finding a reason to look forward to tomorrow.

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Written on March 13, 2022

Submitted by reitumetse_m on March 13, 2022

Modified on April 24, 2023

1:23 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme aaaabc babdxex BC xdxfgfgx BC cccxf bc dbxxxd xhxxebh
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,420
Words 278
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 6, 7, 2, 8, 2, 5, 2, 6, 7

Reitumetse Motsatse

An upcoming poet, in the process of writing an anthology. I am an empath with a deep passion for inspiring and raising awareness through my poetry. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    Wow! Do you know this poem dwindled me down to tears by the time I reached the end. I hope you understand how brilliant your mind is, RM. This is more than poetry - this is life and the challenge so many of us face in finding peace, purpose, joy and meaning. Where is that ever-elusive fulfillment we all seek if not here and now? And so it is we look toward the horizon for our better selves. Thank you for your wisdom and God-given talent. 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • reitumetse_m
      thank you so much! Your comment means a lot. I am glad that my poem touched you. It makes me feel that I am serving a purpose and that motivates me to keep writing.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • roselynn38
    I chose this poem because it is intelligent, creative, and relatable.
    LikeReply 21 year ago


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