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Compulsions

An Inverse poem on OCD

By Josey PickeringPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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Compulsions
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This endless cycle.

Pen click 56 times.

Did I get it right this time?

Someone could be hurt if I get it wrong.

That’s what these thoughts tell me.

I have to do it just this way.

You’ll never understand….

I can’t just resist my mind won’t let me.

I’m locked in place until I feel it’s just right.

Until my mind tells me I may gave a moments peace.

I battle with urges and images.

Flooding my brain like a tidal wave.

There are things I cannot say because it’s hard enough to think them.

OCD has me in a vice grip.

I’m smaller and smaller with each new compulsion.

I might shrink away completely someday.

Now read the poem back, final line to the start. OCD seems like a circle, a never ending loop of intrusive thoughts and compulsions. There is hope though, I’m seeing it for myself finally.

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About the Creator

Josey Pickering

Autistic, non-binary, queer horror nerd with a lot to say.

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!!

  • Joshua Hess2 months ago

    I feel your words so deeply. Feels good to relate.

  • Alyssa Nicole2 months ago

    Great job with this poem! It is so relatable and true. Congrats on the Top Story!

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    This is so powerful, exact, and true. Thank you so much for sharing this, Josey. 💗

  • J2 months ago

    relatable in every way

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Excellent work and inverse Josey. Mine manifests differently.. can’t ever get it right though so I understand completely. This was very relatable..particularly this line “There are things I cannot say because it’s hard enough to think them.” ☺️👏 I’m sorry if this is your experience.

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