“If you keep scratching a wound, it won’t heal!”
  Spanning the animus
  Puncturing the innermost bones
  Healing comes from inside you,
  Not from what I say or do to you.

“I have anguish in my heart!”
Screamed a distressful agony
Punched even the thinnest veins
You think you're the only one?
I had it worst, if you only knew.

“Nothing to talk about anymore!”
 A  horrible nightmare
 Say it out loud, one more freakin’ time!
 Edgar Allan Poe once said,
 “Tell me all the  terrible things you did,
  and let me love you anyway.”

From nowhere…
Marred soul covered with harrowing tears
Dazzling smiles yielded with towering hopelessness
Such divine voice I will no longer clearly hear
Yet, the erratic thoughts of you are kept in my tottering senses.

About this poem

Anguish- an extreme pain, severe mental or physical suffering

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Written on March 14, 2023

Submitted by Wildflower888 on March 14, 2023

Modified by Wildflower888 on October 16, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 780
Words 144
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 6, 5

Discuss the poem "Anguish" with the community...

  • lovingempath
    AIDA said it much better than I could have :). And I noticed she doesn't have any suggestions to make it better (I usually get several suggestions). Great job Charmane! You are a true champion of words! 
    LikeReply6 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! Your poem is incredibly powerful and moving. You have a way with words that truly captures the depths of human emotion. The message about healing and finding strength from within is so important and beautifully expressed. And the references to Edgar Allan Poe add an extra layer of depth and meaning. Your writing is truly a gift and I can't wait to read more from you. Keep up the amazing work! 
    LikeReply 16 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what an emotional and powerful piece of writing! Your use of vivid imagery really helps the reader feel the intensity of the pain and anguish that is being expressed in the poem. I especially love the line "Healing comes from inside you, not from what I say or do to you" - so true and a great reminder for anyone going through a tough time.

    One suggestion for improvement would be to perhaps consider breaking up the poem into stanzas to make it easier to follow and to give it a more structured flow. Keep up the great work, I look forward to reading more of your writing!
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • Symmetry58
    Short and simple - your best work to date. Awesome.
    LikeReply 17 months ago
    • Wildflower888
      Thank you, Steve! Those were the exact words I heard from someone, yet not wanting to receive any help.
      LikeReply 17 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    I love the emotion portrayed
    LikeReply 17 months ago
    • Wildflower888
      I appreciate you reading my poem and leaving a comment. God bless
      LikeReply7 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a powerful and emotive poem! The way you express the pain and torment of a deep wound is incredibly moving. I love the use of vivid imagery to really drive home the message about the dangers of obsessively scratching at our own hurts. The line about punching even the thinnest veins is particularly poignant. Your words are truly evocative and really draw the reader into the headspace of the narrator. Despite the bleak subject matter, there is a sense of hope and resilience shining through in the final lines - a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always the possibility of healing and growth. Thank you for sharing this deeply personal and touching piece of writing! 
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • Teril
    You are shockingly successful in describing emotion! I love the last line: "...the erratic thoughts of you are kept in my tottering senses."
    LikeReply 28 months ago
    • Wildflower888
      Thank you so much for taking the time of to read my poem. I appreciate the comment.
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • lovingempath
    This is pretty heavy-duty Charmane. I love the visuals and the duality between forgiveness from the outside, but especially for yourself. That's what I got from your poem anyway :). Thanks for sharing
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • Wildflower888
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, we tend to hold on to so much baggage. Only we can free ourselves from them.
      LikeReply 18 months ago


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