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Bury Me

RE:SURGENCE; poems about mental illness

By Amanda StarksPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Photo by Huskyherz from pixabay. Edited with Canva assets.

I thought we were done,

you and I.

I thought I had you overridden,

locked out and tied down,

gagged and beaten -

buried six feet under

beneath the overgrowth

where the rot and decay

you had fostered

could turn against you.

But here you rise again

sure as a sunrise

straight as an arrow

looking like the fragile form

of a transformed butterfly,

yet headstrong against

the haunting screams of the wind

scraping against your grave.

With those beady eyes

you've been preparing to

break and pierce through

every lock and key

I had welded together

with shaking hands.

Give me a break, I’ve had enough.

I just want you gone,

but to rid myself of you

I’d have to bury me too.


This is the 16th 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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About the Creator

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

    Ah, relatable, I see we may have had a simmilar day where poems were born. This is bitterly beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • Onah chidera2 months ago

    Nice I wish ❤️ I mine where this good

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story, well deserved 🍁🍂🍁

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Such a vivid portrayal of the fight to keep everything in balance. Very strong stuff. Congrats on TS.

  • 🦋 BERRY🦋2 months ago

    Soo relatable, congratulations on your top story

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    So very well done - congrats on TS!

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great work! Congrats on top story💙♥️💚

  • Stephanie Hoogstad2 months ago

    What a brilliant piece. Very deserving of the Top Story. I'll definitely have to check out the others in the series.

  • Sending hugs and support for you and this powerful piece

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Brilliant, so expressive of that fight.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    So relatable. I perhaps can't relate to the same degree...but having depression myself and my wife having poor mental health, it strikes a chord! Beautifully expressive, though! Congrats on Top Story, Amanda!

  • Tressa Rose2 months ago

    Very relatable!

  • Heidi McCloskey2 months ago

    Such a great poem. While I can’t relate on the same level as you intended, your words spoke to me from a chronic pain point of view. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nice Work and Congratulations on your Top Story🎊🤩📝😎

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Gorgeous work, Amanda! 😭❤️Congratulations on the Top Story!

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  • Ian Read2 months ago

    That last line, wow! Brilliant work!

  • Poppy2 months ago

    Oh my gosh Amanda! Every line of this was a masterpiece. I want a poetry book centred around this poem so I can hold it in my hands and sticky note it! Every line blew me away but that last one was heartwrenching.

  • Chloe Gilholy2 months ago

    This was a great poem.

  • Britt H.2 months ago

    You have to break away from this

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