Beneath the Surface: A Poem on Mental Health

Beneath the Surface: A Poem on Mental Health

Beneath the Surface - a poem about mental health and the mind. Previously published in Holl & Lane Magazine issue 12. 

Her smile is brittle
The strain grows apparent
Exhaustion peeks through the iron facade
Alternately stronger than steel
And fragile as gossamer wings
The struggle rages internally
Immune to reason and reality
She screams behind the mask
She drowns below the surface
She wishes for refuge from the ache
The mind is full of interpretations
And we all remain lost in translation
Pounding on the door of hope and sympathy
She wants to be seen and understood
Renewed, vulnerable, transparent
She waits for the light to shine
Through the fog of despair
She smiles again
An instant is all it takes
To feel the embrace of peace
The rush of relief
Pulled from the waves
Hands relaxed
Heartbeat slowed
Soul comforted
She is the captain of her own life boat
And perseverance is her first mate


This poem first appeared in Holl & Lane Magazine Issue 12 - The Mind, and is reprinted here with permission. 

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