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Best Mental Illness Poems

Below are the all-time best Mental Illness poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of mental 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: mental illness, crazy, depression, hurt, mental
Form: Rhyme



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

the...

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Categories: mental illness,
Form: Prose
Premium Member Cruel Compassion, Collaboration With the Silent One
My mind is a puzzle of cryptic metaphors.
whilst searching for my sanity,
I've become my own worst enemy.
In this cauldron of despair,
time is like sand in...

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Categories: mental illness, angst, anxiety, mental health,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Mary Rogers
*Had to bring this one back. Like my Poe poem, this one follows (haunts) me wherever I go. It is my favorite lyric that I've...

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© Tom Woody  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Lyric
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: mental illness, art, dark, evil, integrity,
Form: Free verse



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: mental illness, change, character, conflict, confusion,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Vibrations of heart - Blitz with Ink Empress

Can't stop flashbacks
Can't stop vibrations
Vibrations like echoes
Vibrations irritating wounds
Wounds that bleed
Wounds that torment
Torment the mind
Torment emotions
Emotions of guilt
Emotions full of anger
Anger from the past
Anger from...

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© Silent One  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: angst, anxiety, mental illness,
Form: Blitz
Premium Member Marionette of Flesh in a Borrowed Dress
"Marionette of Flesh in a Borrowed Dress"
- Daniel Henry Rodgers

The hourglass, 
a skeletal jester 
mocks in the tomb's chill
Each falling grain an emaciated sigh, 
"Soon...

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Categories: death, loneliness, mental illness,
Form: Dramatic Verse
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
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: mental illness, anxiety, depression, introspection, lost,
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.
Compared...

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

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© Eric Cohen  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: mental illness, birthday, character, child, child
Form: Rhyme
Unmedicated
symptom spectrum script
                      ...

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Categories: fear, mental illness, science,
Form: Senryu
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,
Form: Prose Poetry
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: mental illness, brother, childhood, dad, death,
Form: Free verse

Book: Reflection on the Important Things