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My Poem (Somatic Experiencing)

The drum will not cease;
the dread does increase.
A palpable state so familiar.

The thrum and the drone
(under ribs; collarbone)
replaces my breath. Faith a cinder.

Little sips to keep afloat
Life is lodged in my throat
My body demands resolution.

In my bunker, still not safe.
Threats are not in real space.
Siren songs start to offer oblivion.

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Structured: Western
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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Dark topic, indeed. I wanted to explore this as anxiety and depression sometimes rear their heads. The act of creation is a gift from above. Casting light on the shadows is the way.
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So may poems seem to be most cerebral. I like the way you have placed the body in conjunction with the feel of things. Holistic!

I have two suggestions, please only use them if you see fit….

“Little sips to keep float,”. I’d make float into “afloat”

“Bunker down still not safe.” I’d put “in my” in front of bunker. That does change the rhythm tho, so you may not like that one…

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I originally had "afloat" but changed it to bring the rhythm into tight formation. But you are right, it should be "afloat" I think it can handle that extra syllable in pursuit of clarity.

And I'll take your second suggestion for a test drive as well. I think it's a good one, though the rhythm changes a wee bit.

It's all about Body/Mind/Spirit

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Fixed by adding a syllable to the next line... so simple so easy

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good ideas... sometimes they are just ideas...

Glad to be of assistance.

I was wondering about the "siren songs". what do you mean here?

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The siren song that makes you consider a drink or drug, or worse as being an attractive option to make the pain stop.

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across the page in full view without fear as dark thoughts often do. I like the way you have named this fear and tried to banish it by shining the light in its' face. Your rhyme and near-rhyme give this piece a good beat and the title is apt, nice job! ~ Geezer.

It seems that the days and hours that people
are available for chatroom are staggered and
not a good match for most everyone. How about
if everyone just shows up at the door, whenever
they have a few free minutes?

I have to admit, I don't understand the title. in this area I am ignorant. but I do recognize a great poem when I see one! your imagery is a body of intensified pain and suffering. I feel it in the pits of Hell.

always. Cat & eddy styx


eddy styx is my alter ego. He writes dark poetry and he loves this poem!

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The title refers basically to the experience of the body. Somatic Experiencing is a therapy technique that focuses on the body / nervous system / reptilian brain / fight, flight, freeze response as it relates to past trauma

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for the explanation, I am now enlightened. I appreciate this.

*hugs, Cat

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