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

Premium Member Mary Rogers
* The plague of mental illness

Couldn't pay the rent, could you Mary? 
Back out on the street, dearest Mary.
Winter's in the air/once a girl with...

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Categories: abuse, addiction, hope, mental illness,
Form: Lyric
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 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, 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 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
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: mental illness, anxiety, depression, introspection, lost, me, mental
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: mental illness, brother, childhood, dad, death, grief, mental
Form: Free verse
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 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
Premium Member unmedicated


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Categories: fear, mental illness, science, suicide,
Form: Senryu
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
Premium Member Los Marbles


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Categories: me, mental illness, poetry,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member Ripping
I rip and chew at my edges
Trying to eradicate 
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,
Form: I do not know?
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,
Form: Free verse
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


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Categories: art, christian, humanity, life, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
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, metaphor,
Form: Narrative
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, depression, desire,
Form: Rhyme
You don't even look back
You don’t even look back, as I stand here in the rain,
I can see your shoulders shake as you walk towards the train, 
In-my-mind I...

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Categories: mental illness, anxiety, change, emotions, farewell, father daughter,
Form: Ballad
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, future, meaningful,
Form: Political Verse
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 son,
Form: Verse
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: crazy, cry, imagery, introspection, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
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,
Form: Haibun
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.


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