PTSD Survivors Speak: Poems

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, we continue celebrating with more poems by PTSD survivors….

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by Mike

The past is gone.
Nothing left to do but live.
This sip of coffee,
This cityscape,
This rain,
This traffic jam.
THIS is living.
Might as well enjoy it.
One day I will be gone.
No time to waste.

Footsteps in the Dark

By Donna

Each night I heard them coming
Heavy and hard
My heart would beat faster and faster as they became closer
Suddenly there was nothing except darkness
The footsteps stopped, my heart stopped
The shadows blended into the darkness
There was no sound at all
Yet I know I heard them coming down the hall
I was there and then gone and then there all alone
I lay stiff watching, listening…
Then nothing
I still lay here, stiff, watching, listening
Sometimes I hear them, the footsteps I dread
The footsteps that made me wish I were dead
But I’m big now and when darkness falls
I check my room, cupboards and the hall
I check under my bed and lock all the doors I leave on the light
So you can’t bother me anymore
I know you’re dead and I shouldn’t be afraid
But this is my reaction to the mess you made…

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