Goodnight

Anxiety,

The light switch that keeps being flipped.

One moment my smiles are genuine,

The next they are fake.

Often I lay in worry

Wondering what might go awry,

Even when things are aright.

I worry about circumstances

That many might think to be crazy.

“Just don’t worry about it,” they say.

“Just let it go.”

If only I could just let my worry

Fall away like snow.

When I think you are gone,

You always prove me wrong.

As my day fades away,

I say goodnight.

I may or may not sleep tight.

As I turn off my light,

Your grip loosens.

But tomorrow I am sure,

You will once again hold me tight.

25 thoughts on “Goodnight

  1. Such a powerful piece about such a terrible struggle that I know many face. I myself deal with other issues, but I’ve felt the terror that anxiety brings many times. I think this poem does a really, really good job of putting it in perspective for those who may not really understand what it’s like. The constant worry about what may be, the inability to turn it off, the silent struggle that can’t really be quelled. An excellent piece, and hopefully it gives some insight to those unaware of how bad the feeling may be. Very well done!

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  2. Awesome piece! I especially loved the lines
    “I may or may not sleep tight.
    As I turn off my light,
    Your grip loosens.
    But tomorrow I am sure,
    You will once again hold me tight.”
    Very aptly and beautifully described.

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      1. Thank you! It really is. Sometimes you just wonder why can’t it be so easy to do something? Especially if it was in the past. It’s really easy to feel disheartened by that. 🦾

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    1. Alan, thanks for reading and for your comment. It is sadly a beast that preys on many of us. It does do an excellent job, though, of reminding us we are alive. I suppose that is the one positive of it.

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