NaPoWriMo – Day 9

NaPoWriMo – Day 9

So I’m posting this a day late, but I did write it yesterday, so…  😉

The day nine prompt was to write a poem that included a line that I was afraid to write. It might be because it expressed something very personal that makes me uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that I was genuinely a little scared to say. So I wrote a line about panic attacks, something I think is unfortunately misunderstood in general.  I ended up splitting the line into four though, and based the rest of the poem around these four lines being the last stanza.


Breath short
Chest tight
Eyes closed
Leaking tears

No-one sees
No-one knows
Secret safe
Locked tight

What scares me
I don’t know
But I do wish
It would go away

Copyright D M Day 2016


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