Writing and Depression 2


Blue, red and green capsules

Read warnings before ingestion

Do not operate machinery

Until two hours after writing poetry.

Do not wander lonely as a cloud;

Take your frustrations

And write something down.

Poetry won’t stop your delusions.

It won’t fix your disturbed brain.

If you need a hospital admission,

Poems won’t stop the mental pain.

But poetry is sometimes therapy to me;

It helps me get things out.

And sometimes anxiety is turned into words

That I write, instead of shout.

Still it often makes me wonder;

Writing under the influence of medication.

Are these words mine or the pills?

Or are my poems a collaboration?


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