Sleep has become a storm recently,
A tumultuous time,
Hurricanes of colour,
Bizarre images abound,
Perhaps call it a brainstorm,

Thunderbolts of sudden pictures,
Blinding shots of emotion,
Parodies of realities,
Both imagined and real,
I stir at every crack,

Colours take on shapes,
That I don’t really understand,
Dreams of lovers and killers,
Of monsters and smiles,
Conversations with people who don’t exist,

I begin to feel myself shiver,
The winds grow ever stronger,
I hope to survive the night,
I hope to awaken anew,
After the storm.

Comments
  1. shauna says:

    Given your comment on another post about your battle with mental illness, I find this post particularly profound and poignant. Only those going through such turmoil can even begin to describe it, and oftentimes even they cannot find the words. Thank you for sharing.

    • Osharlequin says:

      You’re quite right there my friend. It’s hard to describe the feelings and thoughts even as I’m experiencing them. Thank you so much!

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        The state of our community services for folks who need help dealing with their mental illness is deplorable. So frustrating for me as a health professional to see so many folks struggling.

      • Osharlequin says:

        It is terrible to hear about the struggles that others have endured. I’ve been lucky to have a form of release by writing. The mental health services in my part of the world leave a lot to be desired.

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        Most of the US has that issue. I live in the Midwest…the facility I work for has the only inpatient behavioral health unit for adults in the area that will accept uninsured patients. We have a 50 bed adult unit, 25 bed senior behavioral health, and a 12 bed unit for ages 12-18. There is nothing in our area for under age 12, those patients have to travel to Kansas City. Deplorable. And if there were better or sufficient community services we wouldn’t need so many inpatient beds.

      • Osharlequin says:

        I know very little about how the healthcare system works in the US, but that absolutely sounds like a disgrace. It’s little better here in the UK. There simply is not enough equipment and too few staff.

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        That too. Whether insured or not, there just are not enough qualified therapists around to help people with these issues. Prayers that you can continue your journey with help and guidance —and your writing! 💖

      • Osharlequin says:

        Indeed! I do say the few health workers that are still out there (regardless of flag) need to be congratulated beyond words for their work. Thank you so much my friend

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        You are welcome. It is a team effort.

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