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RE:SURGENCE; poems about mental illness

By Amanda StarksPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
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No, this is not a phase

This is an enrage

This is an anger;

Self-hatred stewing in a boiling vat

A confusion of the senses

Determining who the enemy is

No, this is not a trend

This is a revolution

This is a realization of disrepair

A faulty wire throwing off sparks

Engulfing dreams in a hungry blaze

No, this is not in my head

This is a scar

This is a physical decay

A shattering of quaint reality

Of how far I will go

To be released from this hell

No, this is not fake

This is real

This is tears shed quietly

Muffled by pillows and silent screams

This is a body-turned-corpse

Functioning only on inputs and instinct

This is a heartbreak not easily mended

A rendering of the soul hastily applied

Neglected and ignored

Left for death

No, this is not what you perceive

But it is something

That should still be believed


This is the 15th poem in RE: SURGENCE, a poetry collection by Amanda Starks that shares what it's like to have and fight against mental illness in a free-form, lyrical prose.

Be aware that topics and themes may include suicide, self-harm, and isolation.



If you want a free copy of RE: SURGENCE in an online, fully formatted PDF document, subscribe to my email newsletter at www.amandastarks.com ( found under the CONTACT tab ), and it will be in your inbox once all the poems have been published here!

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Amanda Starks

Lover of the dark, fantastical, and heart-wrenching. Author of RE: SURGENCE, a poetry collection about mental illness, released exclusively on vocal.media. Subscribe to my free newsletter at www.amandastarks.com for updates!

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  • Obsidian Words2 months ago

    ergh, this hurts to read but is stunning. I love it all but This is a scar "This is a physical decay A shattering of quaint reality Of how far I will go To be released from this hell" just, YES!!!!

  • Stephanie Hoogstad2 months ago

    What a raw, beautiful, authentic portrayal of the subject. You certainly have a way with words and putting emotion into your poetry. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Pure and authentic writing!!! Honestly and splendidly written giving voice and words to the anguished!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Thank you for giving words to this and making me feel less stupid 🤍

  • Ian Read2 months ago

    As someone who's been through this myself, this is so brutal and honest. Brilliant work! :)

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great thoughts! Good work!

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