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Best Illness Poems

Below are the all-time best Illness poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of illness poems written by PoetrySoup members

Sarah's Story - Mental Illness
Sarah’s Story - Mental Illness

Sarah, the “Crazy Lady,” was a familiar sight,
roaming the streets any time of day or night.
Her foul body odor announced her...

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Categories: crazy, depression, hurt, mental illness, pain,
Form: Rhyme

People milling around I  do not notice them, 
my face is turned to hide my loneliness,
Am walking in my own despair
No one else intrudes...

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Categories: illness, loneliness,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Counting Seconds-The Rewrite

i sit lonely. 

the crowded restaurant is thick with sound 

i pick away at it 

moving back into the stagnant silence 
of my own comfort


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Categories: mental illness,
Form: Prose
Premium Member Wood Stages
I Death Wood

My skeleton, the trembling tree,
hit by the axes of ambulances
due to the decay of disease.
My muscles languish as wilted leaves.
My organs are rotting...

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Categories: illness, green, moon, nature, rainforest, storm, suicide,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Insanity Music
Last year, her imagination went double
So she ignored her previous schedule.
She put all her dreams inside of clear jars,
Decorated with different, assorted stars.

She believed if...

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Categories: illness, change, character, conflict, confusion, depression, mental
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member Silence Felled
Silence Felled

Lurking in dark corners
The swamp stirs in the night
As the deceiver rises
Begging to share his illusions might

Only behind the veil
Does he let his murky...

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Categories: art, dark, evil, integrity, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Would You Still Love Me
Would you still love me ... perchance I was half a man?
     My carnal, physical core torn from me like ragged...

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Categories: illness, analogy, love, relationship, together, wisdom,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member What Holds More Resplendent Gifts Of The Great And Vast Beyond
What Holds More Resplendent Gifts Of The Great And Vast Beyond

Seas of poetry orations, I once took my swims
being strong in spirit, stouter in heart...

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Categories: illness, art, creation, dedication, inspiration, life, poetry,
Form: Rhyme

Ingredients To Achieve A Dream - Panagiota Romios

Dream Recipe: Ingredients 

Have a huge dream that seems unachievable! 
Be fearless and put up pictures of that...

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Categories: illness, encouraging, success,
Form: Rhyme
The Anxieties of a Widow
May stretched its legs into grave.
The thunder heralds the rains.
A hut on the bank of Kanoli canal
Is not re-thatched this year.
Her infant’s illness made the...

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Categories: illness, inspirationalrain, rain,
Form: Verse
Yesterday, I followed her true invisible form
Colors turning a kaleidoscopic deep and warm

A state of mind, that makes reality feel alive
Stabbing moments that teach how...

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Categories: illness, bullying, conflict, life, universe,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member Polar Opposites
We are polar opposites trying to connect,
Walking through a field of land mines.
Sometimes we don't make it through
Without becoming a bit maimed.

I am the steadfast...

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Categories: illness, age, love, soulmate,
Form: Personification
Premium Member You Cry Alone
"laugh and the world laughs with you,
cry and you cry alone"

how true and sad these words once penned
for this I've learned, yet learn again
that when...

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Categories: mental illness, sympathy,
Form: Rhyme
A Game Of Thorns - Collaboration with Maurice Yvonne

i heard a...what do they say...a spine chilling scream that the saying?

a spine chilling scream
followed by

'he's dead, my G_d he's dead'

the phrase echoed 
inside the...

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© Carol B.  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: illness, addiction, bereavement, body, boyfriend, father daughter,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member I see God before me
As I lay down to die I can see my soul being taken 
before my eyes.
I see God before me.

I feel the sun shining on...

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Categories: illness, death, faith, lossgod, god, me,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member AUTISM
I rise at the center of...
Is it a room? This is a face.
There is motion, too fast, too clamorous.
Cryptic and opaque. Shapes shift
into my field...

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Categories: me, mental illness, self, solitude,
Form: Prose Poetry
Third Person
He speaks metaphorically to avoid dealing direct, 
shows the unknown hand he’s against too much respect, 
writes about his bravery though it’s no where to...

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© Nick Trim  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: illness, anxiety, depression, introspection, lost, me, mental
Form: Rhyme
Maniac President's Song
(A parody of the Modern Major-General's Song from "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan.)

I am the very model of a very stable genius.

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© Ed Morris  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: funny, humor, humorous, mental illness, parody,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Winter Walking Blues

Glazed, deep snow, virgin crunched under my aimless walk
as I idle rambled onward through a vacant, bare-treed park.
Sun was so high that its brightness flashed...

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Categories: illness, brother, childhood, dad, death, grief, mental
Form: Free verse
Premium Member SO MANY STARS

I feel this urge  to inhale  exhale  freely
as  torment rages within... and to simply
dash into the softness and hardness of days;

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Categories: illness, death, sweet love,
Form: Romanticism
Not The Bird
I can see myself
Outside my window
I'm not the bird on the wire
But the pole on which the wire is strung
With a hundred other cables cut...

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Categories: bird, mental illness, metaphor,
Form: Rhyme


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Categories: fear, mental illness, science, suicide,
Form: Senryu
The Wall
Winnie, wild-eyed, went insane and sang
“Happy Birthday” in the rain, while she
washed away her bloody pain.

Now all day long she sings that song,
she sings it...

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© Eric Cohen  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: illness, birthday, character, child, child abuse, loneliness,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member How Can I Care About Poetry
How can I care about poetry ...
       When my dad doesn't care about life?

How can I care about poetry...

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Categories: father, grief, loss, love, mental illness,
Form: Rhyme
Los Marbles


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Categories: me, mental illness, poetry,
Form: Senryu