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Below is the poem entitled anxiety which was written by poet Christine Costello. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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A tightrope pulled taut
Mind whirling in a storm
Her stomach wrapped in knots
Makes her body squirm

Sigh and take a breath
Perhaps a pill or two
Stress level running high
A need to see it through

Jumbled thoughts scratched on a note
A list of tasks at hand
Fearful images engulf her
Sink hole of quicksand

A day like any other
Embattled with fear
Anxiety pulls her nearer
Path laid out unclear

The list is small but she can’t move
Feet frozen to the floor
It’s all in her head they say
But she can’t leave the door

Feeling weak and awkward
Conditions she tries to ignore
From the panic which grips her throat tightly
She finds little relief or cure

She prays to God   “Please take it…
This burden laid on me”
Crippled with fear
Is not how living is meant to be.


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  1. Date: 12/2/2014 4:26:00 PM
    An ongoing battle for many. Maybe it's just me but it seems there wasn't as much anxiety when people struggled from day to day. It seems as we became more affluent as a society, things got better but the important things got worse.

    Costello Avatar Christine Costello
    Date: 12/4/2014 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Vince, thank you for reading my poem and I can agree with your comments. :)
  1. Date: 8/12/2014 12:47:00 PM
    I like how this is written, like small snippets of thought and action

    Costello Avatar Christine Costello
    Date: 8/24/2014 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks. :-)Christine