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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


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,



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: mental illness, change, character, conflict, confusion,

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,

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,

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

Premium Member Turned Off
In the deepest of sad emotions
My mind as been turned off
Exiting off the highway of life
The turn off of all time
As I rot in ...

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Categories: mental illness, crazy, cry, imagery, introspection,

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,

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,

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: mental illness, brother, childhood, dad, death,

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,

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

unmedicated


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Categories: fear, mental illness, science,

Premium Member Ripping
I rip and chew at my edges
Trying to eradicate 
Placate
Eleviate
My pain
The anxiety 
The part of me that threatens to freeze 
My mental disease
The part I...

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Categories: angst, judgement, mental illness,

Premium Member Cardboard Boxes
Discarded in yesterdays trash
Cardboard boxes never last
New things arrive in them
Old things stored in them
Rotting boxes on a voyage
Leftovers to those with out any coinage

Tom...

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Categories: mental illness, art, christian, humanity, life,

Cornered
They're all here, the disjointed pointers,
to peer, to leer, to jeer. They'll dig her out.

Oh yes she hears: voices with vices, snake-slimy
accusations hissing in her...

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Categories: abuse, mental illness,

Premium Member A Talking Door - Mental Hospital 1
I sit with the wall against my back. The wall refuses to move despite endless requests.

The door opens and closes its mouth, it wishes to...

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Categories: allusion, anxiety, mental illness,

Premium Member I SIT SOBBING
I’m staring at the reflection in the mirror -
who is the lady with the grey hair?

Today a strange man came to visit me
I do not...

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Categories: memory, mental illness, mother

Premium Member Seed of destruction
Father of all bombs when dropped 
five times greater than the mother 
Where a fallen angel's dance begins 
fornicating with matter darkening subjects 
through and...

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Categories: mental illness, abortion, anti bullying, bereavement,

Premium Member Minuanetta-Black Hole Beauty
 Black Hole Beauty

Stay calm my beating heart for you will enter the vastness of the void
Consumed by a blackened bestial bliss that the demons...

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Categories: conflict, emotions, mental illness,

Never Surrender
I'm a grit teeth beginner breaking out the cage,
growing strong and fitter with wit coming of age,
squeezing letters out of lemons got me in a...

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© Nick Trim  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: mental illness, anxiety, character, confidence, conflict,

eggshells
From a mouthful of this morning’s eggs,
I pull bits of char from yesterday’s breakfast.
‘I had no chance to scrub the pan’, I plea with myself-
But...

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Categories: mental illness, angst, anxiety, child abuse,

Fever Dream
Night rain on the window pane is the night sweat of my fevered life dream. Time bloats like the reflection I try to avoid. Tears...

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Categories: mental illness,

Premium Member A Plate of Disorder
A Plate of Disorder

Are you ready to Disorder Sir?
What can I tempt you for a starter,
May I recommend the Turmoil Soup?
Garnished with Havoc Green Tartar.

For...

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© Kevin Shaw  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: mental illness, anger, confusion, food, mental

Premium Member PAS MUET
PAS MUET

I am a puppy here
The smallest
The skinniest
The silentest (is that even a word)
Stotteraar
Bègue

I wheel my wheels among them
The alpha dogs
The loud ones
I am silent
Bègue

My...

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Categories: mental illness, depression, i am, mental

I Jumped
I am the ghost of my past life.
I feel hollow, empty, incomplete,
No one can hear me speak.
	
I jumped
From a rooftop in budding May,
A beautiful time...

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Categories: mental illness, anxiety, conflict, cry, depression,