Society’s Shadows

It’s not here

That’s what we tell ourselves

To avoid the fears

Surrounding our mental health

 

Living a better life

With more hope

To walk in strides

 

But it’s not all light

And smiles

Some nights are just

Vile

 

In a state of good function

It’s easy to forget

The mental disruption

At its best

 

Following the right road

But our shadows

Still loom behind us

 

Carrying our painful moans

That scream out

From our distant past

 

A ticking time bomb

That’s what they say

But I don’t want to hurt no one

I don’t want my life

To go that way

 

Stay away

Listen to the stigmas

Don’t mix with the grey

 

Don’t get to know

They’ll only make you low

 

They’re dangerous

They’re abusive

They’re treacherous

To be with

 

They’re right

In prior

As this fight

Spreads like fire

 

But can’t we be more than that?

Is their other aspects

One could look at?

 

Do I need to be afraid of this?

Do people only see my abyss?

 

Is the mental chaos

All that should be seen

I’d like to think there is more to me

Than what’s in-between

 

It’s not all the time

I promise

Its shows it self

Every now and then

Honest

 

The fear is strong in others

So we put ourselves through

Hell

To make it plunder

 

Medications

Stretching and pulling

At our brain systems

Stripping and pushing

 

Higher the dose

Grind through the chaos

The painful change in

Innovation

Enough to bring us to our knees

And plead for salvation

 

The sensation isn’t great

Remember your changing the chemicals

In your brain to adjust your mental state

 

Changing meds

Changing therapists

Changing mental states

Changing everything

 

We learn to deal with internal screaming

And our bodies fighting against us

We learn to deal with life’s beating

And we learn to function at last

 

Functioning and stable

That’s what society wanted

So now it’s on the table

 

A long journey

A long fight

A lot of worry

So we stay out of sight

 

But when things get better

And things get lighter

When things start to get easier

And life gets a little breezier

 

When we learn to fit

The way society wants us

To fit

 

There still seems to be shadows

That haunt us

People don’t forget

Our unfortunate distress

 

Little reminders everywhere

That there’s something wrong with us

Little reminders everywhere

That no matter what

Our shadows will haunt us

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