Kaitlin Schmidt


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Anxiety


Standing still, feet planted
Body frozen, mind racing
Fear takes over
Like another entity
That controls all

It pleasures in knowing
No advancement has taken place
Nothing has been overcome just stillness

It delights in knowing
How much power it has
Over that insecure body
Manipulation will be easy

Soon anxiety sets in
Causing the body to tremble
The more intense the trembling becomes
The more the certainty declines

As the body gets sucked down
The path of anxiety
Fear becomes overjoyed
Its job is done

That little seedling it planted
Developed and blossomed
And is taking over
The body

As the body realizes the fear
Needs to be expelled
The body doesn't know how to
Get rid of it

So the insecure body
Succubus to the fear inside
Fear is overjoyed it did little
The body did the rest

Submitted: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Edited: Monday, December 12, 2011

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  • David L. Hatton (1/22/2014 6:27:00 PM)

    a great subject with which we are all familiar, but not always aware our body's inevitable connection with our emotions; a good job capturing this, perceptive of what we all can identify with. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Harlacher (1/22/2014 1:49:00 AM)

    a very direct approach to poetry. keep it up you are very good at it. try aside and experiment with the indirectness of the inattentive readers interpretive direction. it helps them focus on temporal needs so your message, in many forms, can be remembered. there are great benefits in being a poet. especially a healer. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Harlacher (1/22/2014 1:37:00 AM)

    well done Kaitlin. I know anxiety well. it would do your endeavors to study its grip on the use of language it is a pervasive functioning frequently through out the day in lots of situations. I think its similar the go for it is deeply rooted in competitive sports and all to frequently tagging along it gets dispensed in placibic (placebo phobic) tagging. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (1/21/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    Like this too; I would have liked (too) a little more background; the anxiety is here rather nebulous. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (1/21/2014 6:15:00 AM)

    A superb write providing us with a great understanding of how hard it is living with anxiety. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (1/21/2014 6:06:00 AM)

    The power of the mind is much under-rated as you describe here....you might enjoy my poem 'Call To Arms' in a similar vein (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (1/21/2014 2:33:00 AM)

    The symptoms of anxiety disorder are well presented in poetic form. This is wonderful. Keep writing (Report) Reply

  • Greg Uhan (12/27/2011 12:04:00 PM)

    A ray hope for all young people who have gone through the inner turmoil of anxiety. Not much advice I can give other than keep doing you, keep writing from the heat. You are truly an exceptional soul. (Report) Reply

  • Virginia Pecho Gely (12/27/2011 4:14:00 AM)

    Fear is a part of growing, though for the moment paralyzed. The painting you've done is a great job. My mind saw the scene...A theater of emotions! down my hat for this one. Great talent for a young pen. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tiku . (12/11/2011 8:27:00 PM)

    beautiful ink Kaitlin.the flow and wording is nice.keep writing. (Report) Reply

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