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Dark Signs

RE:SURGENCE; poems about mental illness

By Amanda StarksPublished 9 months ago Updated 9 months ago 2 min read
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Yeah, I could see dark signs

A shadow of a storm over the waves

An inky blotch stained against the parchment

The pelt of a black beast crossing the road

But what lay beyond the omens

And the mistakes, the messes

Was a pool of tranquil sunshine

Sunken into a vibrant meadow

A place of warmth and rest

Like Eden come again

But with every dark sign

That apple hung ever lower.

Yeah, I took a bite

Of that forbidden fruit

Because my life must have been too empty

To consider that trap as anything other

Than salvation.

Anything was better

Than that feeling of need

Left unfulfilled; unquenched

That sensation of teetering on the edge

Of breaking.

Yeah, I stumbled; broken down

Shuddered onto the shoulder of the road

Oil leaking onto the pavement

A tire slashed; a window shattered

And no headlights to push back the night.

No one came back

But I’ve learned to be okay with that

I still have my engine; my drive

My power; my agency

It just needs a little helping hand.

Even as vines grow over my limbs

And moss multiplies on my roof

I no longer feel the need to justify my current state

To fear those dark signs as they weave among the crowd.

A beast, an apple

A storm, a blotch

These might be dark signs; temptations or omens

But to me they are another part of life

That I choose to tread.


This is the 18th 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. Fantasy writer, poet, and hopefully soon-to-be novelist who wants to create safe spaces to talk about mental health. Subscribe to my free newsletter at www.amandastarks.com for updates!

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Comments (3)

  • Ian Read9 months ago

    Beautiful and inspirational. Sometimes it does well to take a step back and realize it's ok being where we are. Well done! 😀

  • Kenny Penn9 months ago

    Wow, so beautiful. I love the imagery here, the biblical references and finding inspiration amongst the sadness and chaos. Very well done

  • Obsidian Words9 months ago

    Stunning, will need to take the time to read this whole collection, your detail is beautiful in its intent.

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