Poem // Catch Me When I Fall

Written: January 10, 2017 By: Melissa McLaughlin ©2017 Melissa McLaughlin Catch Me When I Fall Flower petals in full bloom, a soft bed upon which I may rest my head, caress my skin and cushion my landing. Staving off incumbent pain, they fill me now with joy; awe and wonder alights my face, eyes sparkle … Continue reading Poem // Catch Me When I Fall

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Art Is Keeping Me Going

This last week (or maybe two) has been so rough. My depression has been back in full force and I've been crying nearly every day. I've been feeling detached, dazed, and like my head is in the clouds, just floating. I've had passive suicidal thoughts (*To be clear, I am NOT suicidal) and self harm … Continue reading Art Is Keeping Me Going

Poem // Freedom

Written December 20, 2016 ©2016 Melissa McLaughlin Freedom Standing in near darkness, I can see just enough to realize I can’t see a thing beyond my body, illuminated ethereally from above. Looking down I see my hair is loose, cascading over my chest. Wearing a simple black tank top and blue jeans, I feel comfortable, … Continue reading Poem // Freedom

Poem // Escape

Escape Rough pavement chills my feet as I step briskly, purposefully, off the porch, across the sidewalk, and down the driveway. Toes curl involuntarily into the freezing blades, dewy grass nearly indistinct in the darkness. Hands reach up, grasping around rough, rounded edges, tree limbs offering helping hands. Climbing over and ducking under, my body … Continue reading Poem // Escape

Poem // Pandora

Pandora By: Melissa McLaughlin Written on: November, 30, 2016 Short bursts of breath gust as tension knots my gut. Eyes wander, toes tap fingers twitch or twirl hair. Anything— Everything— Searching for something to captivate attention or hold interest. Frustration builds, heart racing —I can heart it in my ears— body rocks back and forth, … Continue reading Poem // Pandora

When Emotions Seem to be Too Much

It seems like a lot of good things have been happening for me lately. A lot of work and effort has gone into them, too. Let's see, how about a short list? I moved out of my mom's house I submitted a manuscript of poetry to a competition (No, I have not heard back and … Continue reading When Emotions Seem to be Too Much

Lyrics That Speak To Us

So, I did this thing. I was trying to avoid putting pictures or videos of myself on this blog. I don't know why, but that's not what is important right now. I have written in a previous post about finding ways to express ourselves, whether that's creating or looking at art, music, videos, etc. There's … Continue reading Lyrics That Speak To Us