Invisible Illness

Heat builds and burns just beneath the surface of my skin

And yet, you feel nothing

“It’s in your head,” you say, meaning to be reassuring

Not understanding

Skin feels pulled too tight over sharp bones

That strain against

Prison walls built of sinew and boiling blood

That freezes over

Shooting a chill through the body, creating fog

That blinds and confuses


you snap fingers that don’t feel

Stiff and broken

Within wary-weary veins rages a battle leaving behind

Battered corpses of my cells

But it’s internal this battle and you only see

The physical

I lift up these skeletal hands costumed in flesh

To apply blush

Over dead skin, move these lips to form words,

“Smile, pretty girl, don’t make a sound

They can’t and don’t

Want to see

Your pain.”



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37 thoughts on “Invisible Illness”

  1. Hi there,

    Beautiful, powerful work. Really felt raw and tangible.

    I love the imagery you use. “Prison walls built of sinew and boiling blood” …. “you snap fingers that don’t feel, Stiff and broken” It all works together to create a claustrophobic, fleshy trap of hot and cold extremes that explains the physical pain of mental illness achingly well.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Anxious Mouse x

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  2. “Skeletal hands costumed in flesh” is one of those lines that I call “show stoppers”. I stop reading for a split second and an inner “wow” resounds and my eyes light up.
    This is a magnificent piece and summons anguish in me.

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