Invisible Wounds

Insidious bleakness, a fog

That swirls and shrouds

My body and mind

Weighing heavy on my limbs

Pressing me down

With unseen forces


Cold void of trauma and loss

Regrets and self doubt

Enveloping my soul

Smothering and quashing

Hope’s flame extinguished

Only smoking embers remain


Invisible pain, tight confines

Of restrictive swaddling

Concealing emotion

And impeding action

Suppression of breath

Suppression of self


Ice daggers pierce my heart

Puncture wounds seeping

Entirety of being, emptied

As life drips away

Drowning understanding

Empathy masked by ignorance


copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley


4 comments on “Invisible Wounds”
  1. The imagery her is so incredibly accurate!

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    1. Thank you, that’s very kind xx

      Liked by 1 person

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