A Drowning Mind

By Abigail Goodman

Spinning around

In the water

My head heavy

Eyes tired

Trying without luck

To lift myself up

To breathe the fresh air above

But with no relief

The hope fading

The feeling of drowning

And the panic rising

Until I realize

I’m dreaming

My mind may be drowning

But my body is only

Drowning in my mind

Wake up

I tell myself

But instead of

Seeing my ceiling above me

There is more water

I feel it in my ears and eyes

And head

It’s not so easy to

Escape the thoughts

That are deeper

Than just a forgotten dream

Waking up is not enough

My mind needs attention

Perhaps a helping hand

A guide to lift it out

Of the water

And the thoughts that trap it

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