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March 6, 2019
By laurenklm DIAMOND, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
laurenklm DIAMOND, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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Why is my brain

Like earbuds tangled

Straight out of

A pocket unorganized?

My messy mind

Invites its

Mental issues

Into my days

In too many forms.

Distraction like a dog

Hunting down a squirrel

Darting up a tree--

Barking all along the way.

Mood like swings

When we were kids,

But dragging along

The woodchips

Beneath our toes,

Struggling to soar above.

Repetition like a

Broken record,

Broken record,

Broken record,

No record of an end.

And anxiety.

I'm an artichoke,

Choking on what I

Need to say,

But can't.

If only they were to



Consider my

Different way of


And read

What I can't verbalize.

My voice is found

In the place it takes

Care to look

And consideration

To hear.

The author's comments:

This is about 4 disorders I have and how I can best describe what they are like for me. In order of the stanzas are ADHD, bipolar depression, OCD, and anxiety. The last 2 stanzas are about how I express myself better in writing than speaking which a lot of people do not seem to take much time for, or consider writing as a form some students best communicate.

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