Dusk To Dawn

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The darkness seeps in

The night takes hold

Everything is still

No sounds

Clouds shroud the stars

Stagnant air hangs firm

I carve a path ahead

Looking towards morning

Reaching for light

Searching for hope

Safe in knowing

The sun will rise again


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – carve

So Tired Of

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Tonight I am spellbound

In a trance

Taken away

Lost in a dream

Flying so high

And feeling so free


Then the venom did spew

And the enchantment ended

Pain in my body

Pain in my heart

Lingering doubts

And fears infiltrate


But I blame not you

Nor do I blame me

It’s my old nemesis anxiety

With her friend depression

Rearing their ugly heads

Stopping the joy


I sit in solitude

Missing so much

My life I once knew

The hope for the future

Instead I cry

So tired of me


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – spellbound


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My head is pounding

And so is my heart

It feels like it could explode

One beat after another

Each stronger than before

Sounds begin to garble

Words no longer recognized

I have tunnel vision

And the air is thin

Not now please

Not again

But I have no control

Anxiety reigns again

Taking over my body

Twisting how it works

My heart too fast

My breathing rapid

And a million thoughts a second

Occupy my brain

All while I feel blinded

Numb really

To the world around me

I have no choice

I must just ride out the storm

Pray no dangers lurk

Because right now

I would never see them

Trust in my surroundings

I will make it to the other side

I may be exhausted

But I survived

One breath at a time


Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) – anxiety

Who’s In Control

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It’s a typical night for me

Fear takes hold

Threatens to take my air

Ties my body in knots

And leaves me sleepless

Just once I’d like to have

Sleep find me easily

Tensions leave me relaxed

And breathing to be routine

I dream of that day

My anxieties don’t rule me


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – typical

Endangered Species

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I feel so tired

Fatigue is dragging me down

I feel unwell

Just no energy inside

I feel uncertain

Emotions cloud my mind

I feel broken

My body is going on strike


If only there was a way

To squash these feelings

To erase the thoughts

To feel normal again

But alas…

I sit in my corner and wait

For the rare and illusive

Good day


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – squash

I Am Strong – FFF #185

Why do you do this

Why do you tell me

Things that aren’t true

(You’re fat)

(You’re ugly)

(You’re weak)

(You’ll never be happy)

(You’ll never succeed)

(You’re a broken failure)

Why do you echo in my head

Nonstop every day

Spewing lies to bring me down

(You’ll never stop me)

(I am in control not you)

(You’re life is rubbish)

I will make you stop

I have power you see

I AM taking control

You will no longer bring me down

I am no longer alone

I have a team to help me

(But you trust no one)


I trust me to know the truth

That feelings are not facts

And I have strength and hope

To live my life as I see fit

Without listening to your lies anymore


Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge (FFFC) – #185

WDYS – Sea of Darkness

It is happening again

I feel the darkness sink in

Everything is murky

Out of focus

And so far out of reach

Then the air starts to leave me

I can’t take a breath

The water will drown me

It feels like impending death

One last time I burst upwards

Towards the light of hope

Reaching for your hand

Hoping you can find me

In this sea of fears

Where I feel myself

Drowning too often

Hoping your hand will guide me

Towards the comfort of shore

And your waiting friendship

Where I don’t feel so alone anymore


Written for Sadje’s prompt What Do You See (WDYS) #147

A to Z Challenge – T is for Thurber

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”

James Thurber

I saw a post once that said dwelling in the past was depression and always looking ahead was anxiety but enjoying the moment brought peace. Having both I can see the correlation. Take the time to be in the now and find all the good it has to give.

Past letters …



… a little something for the invisible hopeful masses


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Call the hospital



My heart is erratic

And my head is a mess

I fumble and mumble

I must be in duress

It all happened today

When you had something to say

You spoke to me

And I felt the glee

Of actually being seen

And not by someone mean

So hurry quick

Which doctor do I pick

One to stop my pounding heart

Or one to pick my brain apart

I do not know

Which way to go

What is this feeling

I know I’m reeling

No need to push and shove

I think it may just be love

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hospital


She heard the word


And she was instantly on guard

Why should she care

If she had someone to call her own

Or if she lived alone

Was it really so bad

To spend time with herself

But she had lived

A lot of years with someone

Her parents, husband and daughter

And the quiet was suffocating her now

Left in that silent void

She had never felt so alone and scared

But she was trying

There were less tears now

And more acceptance

If she could just get past

The feeling she would forever be alone

Maybe she could find a friend in herself

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – instant