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Drowned by my Past

My head is pounding,
my stomach's churning.
A mountain of stress,
that's most concerning.

A burdened mind,
so full of chaos.
Joyful thoughts,
seem so way off.

And as I struggle,
with such madness.
All of my joy,
gets replaced by sadness.

Yet though I know,
this will not last.
My mind's drowned,
by my awful past.

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The poem "Swamped by my Past" effectively uses rhyme and rhythm to convey a sense of emotional turmoil and distress. The consistent ABAB rhyme scheme and the four-line stanzas provide a structure that contrasts with the chaotic feelings expressed in the poem, which could be seen as a reflection of the speaker's attempt to impose order on their chaotic emotions.

However, the poem could benefit from more specific imagery or metaphors. While the phrases "mountain of stress" and "burdened mind" convey the speaker's feelings, they are somewhat generic. More unique or personal imagery could make the poem more engaging and emotionally resonant.

The poem also tends to tell rather than show the speaker's emotions. For example, the line "All of my joy, Gets replaced by sadness" directly states what the speaker is feeling. Showing these emotions through actions, physical sensations, or changes in the speaker's environment could make the poem more powerful.

The poem's theme of being haunted by the past is a universal one that many readers can relate to. However, the poem could delve deeper into this theme. For example, it could explore why the speaker's past is so distressing, how it affects their present, or how they are trying to cope with it. This could add depth and complexity to the poem.

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Hello, TK,
Great fast pace and rhyme which really emphasized the anxiety within the poem. I wonder if it needs both caps and punctuation - maybe one or the other? Perhaps "drowned" or something similar instead of the word "replaced" to go along with the overwhelming feeling of being swamped? Very strong poem.
Thank you!

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