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Mental Illness Poems

Mental Illness Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about mental illness. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for mental illness.

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Premium Member INSIDIOUS TIDES
Butterflies without wings
Made soulless by grinning young psychopaths 
Killers growing in the sun
Enjoying snow and watching things go
To places only they can know 
Realms of future unmade days and nights 
Where pools of lifeless red spread what’s dead
Smear blades and...Read More
Categories: childhood, creation, dark, family, mental illness, psychological,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member FOLLOW THE MONEY
CREATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS
STARTS WITH WHAT WE SEE.
PROGRAMED LONG ENOUGH 
YOU'RE EXPECTED TO BELIEVE.

PROGRAMED TO HATE
RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES.
MAIN STREET MEDIA 
BLATANTLY TELLING LIES.
WILLINGLY AND DELIBERATE
CRIMINALLY ORGANIZED.
OUNCE YOU SEE AND UNDERSTAND
QUESTION YOURSELF WHY.

WHO REALLY STANDS TO BENEFIT
WITH YOUR ALTERED VIEWS.
THINKING...Read More
Categories: corruption, culture, depression, environment, mental illness, truth,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Silent Wisdom
Silent Wisdom

Did you see?
Did you look?
What do think?
They are so…   …   ?

Words heard directly, 
indirectly or by accident, 
but never by intent. 
Not things you would say…
to anyone’s face,
especially theirs.
No! 
 
Not things you would sing.
Not...Read More
Categories: mental illness, anti bullying, drink, goodbye, magic, memorial, mental
Form: Free verse
Premium Member La de da
She had severe scoliosis and her teeth were atrocious but her heart rings as pure as a bell. She's on haldol, heavy doses to ward off her psychosis, one can see that she's clearly unwell. Ranting and raving in her...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member You Are Not Alone
Like you I suffer from depression, it can leave us out in the cold.
Remember your life is special, no matter what your brain has told.
I'm here to tell you my friend, you are definitely not alone.
Now take my hand my...Read More
Categories: depression, encouraging, mental illness,
Form: Rhyme



Icarus Rising
Little boy with eyes of
cloudless-sky-blue.

Hands lifted to trace trails
in imagined aether.

Climbing, climbing, climbing,
a boy no longer.

His father, bent over his drafting table,
bringing forth mammoth birds
of titanium and steel.

His dreams haunted by man-made wings, 
bearing him upward, ever upward.

Climbing,climbing,climbing,
a boy no...Read More
Categories: adventure, change, flying, mental illness, myth, mythology,
Form: Free verse
Shadows of the Pysch


Why do I solemn seldom lie,
and stare upon the ceiling high?
While earth rotates within the sky,
I simply, softly, dryly cry.

The clock strikes twelve long daunting chimes,
shadows distort which once were mimes.
Silhouettes boast in dance and rhyme,
they pierce my thoughts, disrupt...Read More
Categories: anxiety, fear, mental illness, pain, psychological,
Form: Rhyme Royal
Premium Member Darting Arrows
Darting Arrows

Skippy shadows, 
at the corners of the walls, 
ceilings, and floors. 
Easiest seen by those that drink, 
do drugs, foreign or domestic. 
But they are not by themselves... 
You know what I am talking about, 
once you have seen...Read More
Categories: addiction, encouraging, growing up, heaven, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Unsubscribe
I saw the advertisement
And clicked on the description
I should have filed it as spam
But now have a subscription

I am so distracted
My thoughts have been hijacked
I lost track of my consciousness
My brain is clearly hacked

The virus is aggressive
It quickly moves around
Twisting...Read More
Categories: mental illness, anxiety, conflict, depression, emotions, feelings, grief, mental
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member From Calm And Quiet Sanity
From calm and quiet sanity
The source of my confusion
Brought riot to reality
And force behind delusion

Assaulting me and leaving me 
In silent desperation
Affronting my humanity 
Inside this degradation

What unseen force maliciously
Devoid of good intention
Is crushing me perniciously 
In thoughts of my...Read More
Categories: conflict, confusion, mental illness,
Form: Narrative
Turn Around
I’m hating myself for the person I’ve become 
I’m different to all And not just some 
I swear a chimp would succeed more than me 
isolation my best friend I believe
Intelligence is there but I live like I’m dumb 
progression...Read More
Categories: mental illness, anxiety, depression, hope, identity, inspiration, inspirational, meaningful,
Form: Rhyme
THE STORM
the storm in his head
no switch for him to turn off
more pills numb his mind

Written 1st February 2020

Contest:  Senryu on Mind
Sponsor: Jenish Somadas
HONORABLE MENTION 

Contest: Strand Select A
Sponsor: Brian Strand
HONORABLE MENTION

...Read More
Categories: anxiety, mental illness, silence,
Form: Senryu
RACISM IS A CRIMINALLY LEARNED OR TAUGHT MENTAL ILLNESS
 A RACIST IS REALLY "CRIMINALLY MENTALLY ILL"!!!! THE RACIST EXCEPTS "THE "MARK OF THE BEAST" AND HAS IT IN HIS OR HER FORHEAD,OR MIND WHICH IS THE SAME!!!! THE MARK OF THE BEAST "REMAINS"!!!!   WE SEE THE...Read More
Categories: mental illness, 11th grade, 12th grade, 1st grade, 4th
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member The Entitled


I flung free my terrace garden pane
Assured that wherever my eyes feign
Beauty expects this worn soul to bare
A rhyme to wish rare birds do I share
The eaves of my rooftop linger so
The pitter-patter of raindrops flow
A song plays onward to...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Analysis

pull back the curtain ...


                    shine my mind's depths and see  - me,


       ...Read More
Categories: imagery, introspection, mental illness, metaphor,
Form: Senryu
Miscellaneous Rants
Militate on one another with great passion
the nonperson,
The fusty one.
Nothing fancy, delightful or bonvivant
Having a genteel attitude, but impassible
Vagabond. Loner. Prodigious.
Yet no blandishment.
Complicated as a merman
Porous because of mutilation
The obsequy closed with an
Elegy
Rigmarole.  Rigmarole.  
Not the booby hatch...Read More
Categories: mental illness, analogy, betrayal, fear, grave, growth, hurt, mental
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A winning hand
Ask me to run a marathon
I would think you where off your head.
If you say something that worrys me
I could run two back to back in my head.
You look for peace in a tablet. 
And sanity from a therapists ...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Hear Me
Hears Me

The "mighty" power of prayer, 
can never be spoken of...
with sufficient 
glory! 
as the very "word", 
is larger than life!

His name, 
above all others...
Bowing, kneeling, 
and falling...
before God...
the worship
of all that He is, 
was and will be to come!

I...Read More
Categories: america, angel, i miss you, mental illness,
Form: Free verse
The gift of Autism
They say there exists a disability,
one of which we call Autism.
He, as well as many others,
define this disability
not as an actual disability 
yet as a special talent.
A method of feeling and expressing life
in a special way,
at a genius level
within one’s...Read More
Categories: mental illness, appreciation, blessing, devotion, feelings, inspiration, meaningful, mental
Form: Free verse
Premium Member depression



dark clouds of despair 
engulf me with mists of gloom ~
trapped In an abyss




Written 30th January 2020

For Senryu On Mind Poetry Contest

Sponsored By Jenish Somadas



...Read More
Categories: depression, mental illness, sad,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member always on my mind
her little grey cells
eroded by dementia 
no band-aid can cure

senryu on mind contest

Sponsored by Jenish Somadas


1/29/20...Read More
Categories: mental illness, mother daughter,
Form: Senryu
The Tempest
Swirling torment
Spinning in reverse
Riding waves of agony
Sick and perverse

Twisting and turning
Losing my sight
Grasping and holding
With all my might

Slowly losing grip
On love, life and sanity
Gasping for air
Drowning in my abnormality

Have I the strength
To stand and fight
Free myself from misery
And find again...Read More
Categories: anxiety, confusion, depression, identity, mental illness, storm,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Loss Of Mental Stability
of course the moon cries...
there are green tangerines browned
and...the soup is mashed 


Senryu on Mind Poetry Contest  
1-28-2020 
Judged 2-3-2020...Read More
Categories: mental illness,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member Grandpa
Grandpa slowly fades
there are days he doesn’t know me 
Alzheimer's disease

January 28, 2020
Senryu on Mind contest 
Sponsor Jenish Somadas
...Read More
Categories: memory, mental illness,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member Van Gogh's Starry Night


Bleak sky of blues, stars gave rise to a miracle been made,
Streak of a sprawl unfurls his heavens tethered madness,
Speak not lest he loses his concentration, maintains focus,
Meek town his groundwork, lofty jewel amidst the sadness.


2020 January 28
Arbitrium Divisa 7...Read More
Categories: art, character, mental illness,
Form: Lento