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Mental Illness Poems | Examples of Mental Illness Poetry

Mental Illness Poems - Examples of all types of mental illness poetry to share and read. This list of new poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, and famous poem examples for mental illness.
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 written thus far. It is loosely based on a real...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Lyric

Premium Member My Beautiful Traumatic Brain Injury
The day my mind folded over the highway. in sunny Florida citrus surrounded me the breeze was just right as oranges danced. with lemons scents the sun dazed my sight as the ground rose up...Read More
Categories: mental illness, beautiful, caregiving, memory, mental
Form: Sonnet
Narcissistic Commitment
People don’t think of you the way that you like who do you think you’re conning when talking all that ite blagging everybody you come into contact with proud of the first opportunity to take...Read More
Categories: mental illness, abuse, betrayal, conflict, corruption,
Form: Rhyme
I’m trying to glare at people who pass by. My face isn’t actually glaring though. My face is soft and droopy. And sad and bleary. I’m rocking back and forth. I enjoy rocking and it makes me lonely. Everyone ignores me. When...Read More
Categories: angst, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Still Watching
My life in here. It’s all like- commercials. Which have invaded me. And I stare at them. Random, numbing, and dull. Projected on the walls. Projected in my eyes that are closed, which is worse. Images are still there, just deeper. And they’re...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Free verse

Bloodstained Soul
Bloodstained Soul May 2023 Everything hurts, my lungs are on fire- Can't even complete things which success requires. I cry and I try, pave my path with my blood.- Then try to stop bleeding, when it all starts...Read More
Categories: mental illness, children, dark, heartbroken, hurt,
Form: Rhyme
Connections with a Side of Word Salad
Dog and frog rhyme. Cats hate dogs, but sometimes they’re friends. Frogs and hogs and also logs. The frog hogs the logs. Hog is also a pig. Pig and frog are friends. Pig and hog are the same so they are...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Seek Shelter
Seek Shelter. I’m in a winter coat. In my home. And the doors are locked. And the lights are dim so that I can see their shadows if they come for me… I haven’t had a drink...Read More
Categories: anxiety, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Never Again
I now know where I have never ever truly belonged. Refusing excuses or reminders from others anymore. Never again will I believe their own critiques or lies. ...Read More
Categories: mental illness, abuse, hate, mental health,
Form: Sijo
Everything is boring these days. Hugs and smiles are boring. I’ve evolved. It’s me, it’s always been me. But now, there’s been a transformation. I feel like saying that, and yelling that, and texting that. And…I’m crazy. And…I’ve devolved. I went away and...Read More
Categories: angst, growth, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
I Don't Care Anymore
Don't even wanna dare to care Anymore about what "wasn't there."...Read More
Categories: mental illness, depression, mental health, mental
Form: Crystalline
Stuck In My Head
Been so wrapped up in my own world I never seen until it was all over; It wasn't just my world that was on my shoulders. But now I know just how it all goes....Read More
Categories: mental health, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Sleeping Soundly
I sleepwalk sometimes. They all say I do. They all say that’s bad. I wake up, and I feel like something horrible happened. Like- I think I’m alive still, but everything is shaking. It feels like I’m going to walk...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Written for the contest "Poe in the style of Plath" sponsored by Tom Woody I am a weakling against supremely star-studded skies Where stolen streams of light are not enough for it to uprise My...Read More
Categories: mental illness, angst, anxiety, dark, depression,
Form: Rhyme
The song is like a person, I can see the person when I close my eyes. They have a halo. And they’re morphing, but it’s not an evil, twisted morphing. It’s just us, me and a song. And it’s like...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Free verse

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