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An Acrostic

By Cathy holmesPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
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Below is my entry for RM Stockton's March Write Club challenge "Madness"


Mirrored images of battling minds

Antagonizing lost leprous souls

Damnation be blessed, and blessings be damned in

Nebulous concepts of falsehoods untold

Everything you’ve ever held as a truth

Stained black with hypocrisy’s lies

Sadness be glee, and glee be called sane

In pale muddled visions of patchwork minds

Sanity, but a concept to behold

Sequestered by white-coats in drone

A flick of a pen, a click of a lock

Nefarious beings with dark thoughts to clone


In blinding visions of dull socialization

Treatment’s victorious in forced assimilation

Yet still we wonder, was any of it real?

Mental HealthAcrostic

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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Comments (27)

  • Gabriela Trofin-Tatár4 months ago

    Wow super inspiring! Now I also feel like writing a deep poem💕

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    This is so great, Buddy! Well done! It's also very accurate too!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Excellent entry, Cathy. This inspires me to give it a shot!

  • Wow Cathy you have a gift with language. You continue to impress

  • Wow, this is darkly poetic and terrifying. What incredible lines, Cathy. This flows so well, I forgot that it was an Acrostic, then I read the hidden message! This is "crazy" good!

  • D.K. Shepard4 months ago

    Amazing acrostic! The vertical phase was a perfect ladder for your exquisite and succinct lines

  • Real Poetic4 months ago

    This is a very mind opening read! So though-provoking and done in such a creative way.

  • Randy Baker4 months ago

    Well done! Makes me want to go write an acrostic.

  • Test4 months ago

    Really well done, great entry as an acrostic. I love how dark this is.

  • Lindsay Sfara4 months ago

    Oh man, there is a lot of depth to this that provokes a lot of thought. Beautifully done as always, Cathy!

  • Test4 months ago

    Took me a minute too read the downwards word! Brilliantly done and every line is so well crafted 🤍

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Raises some valid questions here! Nicely done.

  • It took me wayyyyy longer than I care to admit to figure out that it spelled out MADNESS IS SANITY. And if it isn't that, I give up. Your acrostric drove me into madness! Pun intended hahahahaha! Jokes aside, if you didn't mention it was an acrostic, I'd never have realised! It had such a smooth flow to it. Loved your poem!

  • I've long said that the way we tend to define or identify insanity is by its differing from the norm. But for most of my life, the norm is to be different. So if you're sane, you're crazy & if you're crazy, you're sane.

  • Kodah4 months ago

    Outstanding work!! 🤩❤️

  • Excellent work

  • Excellent words and a real acrostic

  • Chloe Gilholy4 months ago

    This was a powerful acrostic and the last stanza really stood out for me.

  • Matthew Fromm4 months ago

    Great entry

  • John Cox4 months ago

    Madness is sanity. What a great acrostic!

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Nailed it!!! 💕♥️♥️

  • Ooof, this was so well done

  • JBaz4 months ago

    You nailed the mind of madness. I have shivers Well done Cathy

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    Like a film reel I can watch very dark and intense

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