PTSD Survivor Poetry by Joanne Tebbutt

PTSD Survivor Poetry by Joanne Tebbutt is this week’s installment in our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month….


Get back. Don’t answer back. Don’t question me. Listen to me. Don’t set the spirit free.

She feared my spirit She could not control it. She knocked the spirit out of me. She hoped I would never discover it again.

The flicker of potential, I feel excited. I ride the excitement for a moment and then jump off. I sigh. Give in, frustrated. It must be me, them, the dance move.

I try again. I start to learn the form. The flicker of potential ignites. I perform and potential stays with me.

I move forward, unsure of where I am heading, guided only by my feet. No more force, no more violence.

The lightness is haunting, part of me mourning the compression.

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