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VxPoem ID: 7528

Category:
personal_life

Posted: November 18th. 2004 11:39:56 AM

Views: 1354

Down the Well

by Shawnee

Age Group: Adult



I was holding on so tightly to the edge
The stones tearing flesh from fingertip
Bare knees scraping the walls
Feet dangling
I know I will fall
I know
I know
And then, I just let go…
Falling
Falling
Falling
And
Fighting
Fighting
Fighting for something to hold on to

But that well was so deep
And the bottom was so far down
And all the while, I was looking up
Trying to focus on the light

And I then I hit water at the bottom of the well
-Well of Fear
-Well of Shame
-Well of Anger
-Well of Guilt
Try to hold my breath as I go under
Floundering
Splashing
Panicking
All the while, panicking
All consumed, all encompassed
And it seems like forever

Somehow I emerge from that dark, cold, rancid water
A gasp for breath, that sweet, deep intake of oxygen
And there is still that light above
And a reason to crawl out of that deep, cold well
Out of the all-consuming darkness
So I reach for the stones on the sides
Find that small nitch for my fingers
Gripping, grappling, pulling
Find a crook for my toes
Breathe, breathe, breathe…
Almost there, eyes up to avoid what’s below
Still that glorious light
Warmth on my face, so near the top
Climb!

My hands reach the edges of those rough stones
That once ripped flesh from fingertip
Climbing over the edge and out of the well
I am free, and still that light…
Shawnee May 14, 2003




Author's Notes: This poem was written after I had my first tremendously scary panic attack. I hope this offers insight and help to others that suffer from anxiety. Blessed Be!


Author's Location: Land O' Lakes, Florida
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