Spectator (poetic prompt: disconnected)

I am not feeling particularly garrulous today, it’s getting late and I’m tired. I wanted to continue with my daily poetry but my day was disrupted by older son’s school having an inset day (that I wasn’t aware of). However, I’ve had a good day and it was nice to have some alone time with my son, we did a 10.5k bike ride and made Bounty Cheesecakes.

Today I wanted to write about how, with depression, one can feel as though they are distanced from what is happening around them, almost like they’re just watching rather than participating. Prompt word: disconnected.


Standing quietly at the edge of the group
Watching your friends
Their casual conversation washes over you
.        You hear them laugh
.                             and you smile
Uncertain of what they find amusing

Their words muffled, as you listen
Through ears filled with cotton wool
Insulated against the noise
It makes no sense to you
Just words with no joined up meaning

Your eyes jump from person to person
Following the movement of their lips
No longer a part of the group
But apart from the group
Disconnected by an invisible barrier

copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

3 thoughts on “Spectator (poetic prompt: disconnected)

  1. This is very similar to the effects of some drugs which disconnect the mind from what is happening around the user without cutting them off completely. Aldous Huxley wrote the book ‘The Doors of Perception’ in 1954 about the drug mescalin a fore-runner of LSD ; he praises the effects of the hallucinogenic drug but he was wrong, the mind is best left untainted.
    Alcohol can also have this side-lining effect ultimately resulting in the lone drinking alcoholic.

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