Beneath this smile is a thousand tears hidden from your eyes. Wiped aggressively from my glassy window pains which have been bolted shut from the outside. In between each breath is a thought I cannot carry. Reaching out for the latch to escape. With every wondering gaze I’m wishing I could see what was behind me. Even in my own home I feel fear of a lurking evil prying. I have been trying to think of ways to be normal all day. It took me hours to leave the house today and now I’m out I realise I haven’t eaten anything at all. But I have planned out my route to go back and cook. Can’t break the plan as my stomach twists and dives. So I have to wait. Feeling a guilt and sadness lifting up inside. Pushing down my insanity I focus on the smells of the flowers and the cheers of children playing. Absorbing the wonders of life I find myself paralysed sat on a bench overlooking a beautiful park. The sloping plush green grass, bees zooming effortlessly working hard. I wish I knew what to do today. I envy the bees with their purpose. I have to make plans in my head verified by the crazy person inside. She is me and I am her. From time to time I let her run the show and destroy someone else’s smiles as well as my own. Today I will just sit outside and hope the breeze can lead me away from my suicide.
Stamping on my chest.
Devils claws sink into my shoulders.
Pushing me down
And sitting in my view.
Whispering ‘You are just another small time muse’
Meaningful gazes ask if I’m fine
Glances back scream ‘I’m fucked.’
I show a small apologetic smile
One that let’s you know I don’t need you.
That it will be fine.
It will be OK.
I am just someone who cries in the street on Thursday.
If our pain is unavoidable,
Let it be a pain of our choosing.
So I guess at 13 pulling a blade against my sick was a choice?
I chose my mental illness like its a option at lunch
Bipolar, anxiety or OCD.
Normality fleeted my deck of cards that very day,
Lined up just jesters and fours
Winners cards crumbled into ash.
From blood smeared on the walls
To vomit filled toilets.
It began so easy and trivial
To vodka downed straight
Dancing in the darkness
I guess I chose pain or did it choose me?
I guess I was unfortunate,
That my parents did not raise me right.
Or the bullies viper tongues,
Venom was deadly in my mind.
When I choose to date women,
And give my virginity away for free.
Did I choose suffering or was that all was offered to me?
When I was given black eyes as love
When I was locked in a secure ward
It was not just for fun.
Did I choose the pain or did it choose me?
I guess if it continues rifling through my successes
That I left an open door for it to walk in.
I guess it saw the weakness in me.
Maybe I will never be free.