PTSD Survivors Poetry: ‘Kingdoms of My Mind’

In our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month, this week’s PTSD poem comes from Violet Chandler…

Kingdoms of My Mind

The kingdoms that I have built
turn to sand
just to blow away in the wind
if only I can keep my sanity long enough
to discover the magic hidden beneath my feet
to find the sweet dream of butterflies
so I may rebuild these castles out of stone.LongingThe flowers here are pretty!
I wish I could make the pretty flowers bloom
let them be pink, white, purple, or blue.The trees here are so tall!
I wish I could help them grow
let their branches touch the sky and feel clouds pass through their leavesThe grass here is so soft!
I wish I could lie here
and watch the sky change colors!But I will never be able to make the flowers bloom,
nor make the trees grow up to the sky,
nor lie in the soft grass.All I can do is dance with the sea
whisper my longings to the wind
and hope the sky doesn’t break on me
One Window is all I Need…One window is all I need
To see the good and bad in everything
to watch the evil destroy the pure
pleading, “Please stop! No more, no more!”
wanting to watch silently, eternally, and bleeding the sorrows of history.


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