Poem: Introspection and Suffocation

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Just close your eyes (Photo credit: !Bushido Code)

Do you ever feel a surge of darkness in your mind? Is the surge one that takes over all of your other emotions? I was there once, in the pit of darkness. For anyone who is struggling with that feeling, here is a poem of hope. There is likely someone around you who cares for you, even if you do think he or she does feel this way. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker or…

This poem’s inspiration comes from Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday prompt. Feel free to play along, as Kellie hosts the event every Friday.

Introspection and Suffocation

You wrap your blanket of comfort over
Your body and I worry,
I worry that the fringe suffocates you.

The mind does falter and stall when
It lacks focus and I wonder,
I wonder if your demand for ten hours of
Sleep is an internal need instead of a want.

I worry that the blanket surrounds your vocal
Chords tightly, I worry that it cuts off your
Moments of introspection with fabric
That seems so unassuming and soft.

You shy away from the other side of the coin,
As your eyes close, yet my mind refuses to
Give up on you now, then, when, and
Never, even when your limbs
Hang heavily for days with your thoughts.

Β©2013 Christy Birmingham

This is christyb, wishing you a day of light hugs and hugs of light.

73 thoughts on “Poem: Introspection and Suffocation

  1. Ms. Roberts

    Good for you for not going with the cinema thing. I always feel the need to use all the words that Kellie has for us. Imaginative, and very insightful into someone else and their need for a security blanket. Enjoyed it very much.


  2. Talicha J.

    great job with the prompt Christy! I think we’ve all or at least will have those moments where we are either the ones buried beneath the blanket or the ones attempting to coax someone out. I enjoyed reading this as always with your work!


  3. Valerie Caraotta

    It is so true that “the mind does falter and stall when it lacks focus” as I have been in some despairing pit experiences too. I have come to understand that unbridled thoughts especially in the midst of extreme pain, can take one down a very scary alley. A mind not renewed with hope filled thoughts is like a cancer eating from the inside out.
    Thank God for those that rescue us in vulnerable times. May we all in turn pass on life- saving hope to those that are suffocating.
    Christyb your tender heart of concern is very real in aiding those that are suffering.


  4. filbio

    We all have those moments of despair and darkness. Good thing that many of us have someone that will pull us out of it and help see the light. Another great poem.


  5. jakewobegon

    I just read this, and I’m in tears. I don’t want to ask people to care about me, but knowing they do… It’s a light in the darkness. Thank you, Christy, and thank you, Ajda, for showing this to me. ❀


  6. Sean Michael Kelly (@TheLdrshipGeek)

    Great, stuff, Christy! As one that is known by many as a motivator, encourager, and part “stand up comedian,” I’m not usually the one pegged as a sufferer of horrible bouts of depression and mild bi-polar swings. It eventually contributed highly to a toxic and failed marriage which only piled on more “funk.” These words are comforting just by knowing others can describe the despair and darkness. (like a fog enveloping you) Thankfully, with the right care and moving forward in life, the sun is beginning to shine again!

    Peace to you, dear! I look forward to more beautiful offerings and your caring and witty interactions. A hug to ya!


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I am glad I help you understand it is not a lonely world, even though there are times I think we can feel that way… I appreciate your honesty and our new friendship, Sean. Hugs back to you!


  7. Julie Catherine

    A wonderful poem filled with wisdom and insight, Christy – I know those places only too well and could really relate to your words. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and for your tender and caring heart, dear friend. ~ Much love and lots of hugs, Julie xoxox


  8. Aquileana

    Love the poem and the #FWF exercice on writing… So creative!…

    In some sort of way it reminds me of EvanescenceΒ΄s “bring me back to life” which we have shared today…

    The lyrics and the poem are both related to the idea of sleeping in order to avoid reality. (“You shy away from the other side of the coin”)….

    Yet there is always someone “who wake us up inside”… Who “Call our names and save us me from the dark”;

    Love XXX; Aquileana πŸ™‚


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      That’s a wonderful observation, Amalia. We sleep to hide away from reality… It is a kind of defense mechanism.

      The coin is tarnished in this case but ready to be healed soon I hope (for the person that the poem speaks to).

      Evanescence is amazing and I’m glad you enjoy the lyrics and wonderful beats they exude, too!



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  10. dontchawannadream

    You’re a beautiful person, Christy!! You’re brave and generous… It’s just amazing how you share your experience to help… pretty much everyone. It’s always great to be reminded that hope exists.


  11. tzm

    Christy, this verse of your poem really resonates with me:

    “The mind does falter and stall when
    It lacks focus and I wonder,
    I wonder if your demand for ten hours of
    Sleep is an internal need instead of a want.”

    Thank you for another great poem and for sharing it with your fans.

    Your writing talents are amazing.



  12. Gray Dawster

    A nicely written piece, and while I am here let me
    congratulate you on the publication of your new book,
    I hope that the sales flood in my friend πŸ™‚

    Be well Christy B πŸ™‚

    Andro xx


  13. Tessa

    I loved the poem but also loved how you signed off on this: “Wish you light hugs & hugs of light”…you just ooze precious tenderness with nothing but wanting the best for everyone. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with every stroke of your pen.



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