Solidarity is the punishment for the mentally unwell



Linoleum, single white floor tile
Stare at the ceiling for three hours
Follow me round the bend
To make sure I’m taking care of myself
When things got hard, free flying into hard mattresses slamming cold, white catch yourself doors
Looking out the big barred window to see the humans below you who haven’t been caught not coping with their feelings yet
When the scratching started and didn’t stop until the clock struck six
Maybe it was the med cart that saved you that day
Shadows flicker in the dim light that glows to remind you that you are cared for, but only if you ask
You’re thought of only if reminded
You’re a priority but remember there is always someone else openly slamming that door while you lie and say you’re fine
You must believe I will get better to be with me
You must believe in me to be around me
Don’t spread your doubt about what you don’t know
To poison my tired mind
Because I am trying
And that’s all I can promise you
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Submitted by nolaleech1212 on April 05, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCDEFGHIJKLLMNOP
Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 963
Words 178
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 17

Nola Debera Leech

I'm a senior in High school, I've been writing poetry since I was in 6th grade. It became a coping mechanism for me, to express myself. My goal for sharing my writing, is to help people who are in situations like I was. To know that they're not alone and things get better with time. more…

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