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Constriction

It hurts more every day The tightness The grasp The hold Wondering when it will end If it will end

Constriction is a poem written by Kelli J. Gavin and shared with The Ugly Writers with the theme Recovery for the month of March.

 

Constriction

 

It hurts more every day

The tightness

The grasp

The hold

Wondering when it will end

If it will end

The tears are constant

I can’t seem to wipe them

They keep reappearing

Falling

Burning

Aching

I’ve reached my limit

Don’t believe I can continue

Immobilized by pain

Held captive by the weight

Fearful this is all I am

My chest is constricted

Can’t take a full breath

Now is when I cave

Implode

Fade away

I have nothing left to give

Never anything to offer

All strength depleted

Yet I will not stop

Searching

Wishing

Hoping

There has to be more

Something gotta to give

Release the pressure

The tightness

The constant hold

It must stop

The Falling

Burning

Aching

This constriction must cease

 


A friend who struggles with depression and anxiety was struggling and felt that she was at an impasse.  I shared with her that she wasn’t on her own and that I was there to support her. I started writing about what she spoke about.  She spoke of the weight, the heft, the burden of what she was thinking and feeling and experiencing.  When I shared this piece with her, she said yes. yes. She said the words like falling, burning, aching resonated in her soul.

 

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Kelli J Gavin

Kelli J Gavin

Kelli J Gavin of Carver, Minnesota is a Writer and Professional Organizer. With over 300 short stories and poems published and posted online, her work can be found with Clarendon House Publications, Sweetycat Press, 300 South Publishing, Linden Books, The Ugly Writers, Zombie Pirates Publishing, Setu, The Story Pub, Cut 19, Otherwise Engaged, Flora Fiction, Margins Magazine, The Basil O’Flaherty, The Rye Whiskey Review, Some Good News, Sweatpants and Coffee, and Southwest Media among many others. Kelli’s first two books were released in 2019 (“I Regret Nothing- A Collection of Poetry and Prose” and “My Name is Zach- A Teenage Perspective on Autism”). She has co-authored over 40 anthologies. 

www.kellijgavin.blogspot.com

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