From Asylum to Freedom

Shattered and broken and hearing voices ill-spoken,
Seeing shapes misshapen to waken whelming terror
In my own dwelling, to chase me to solemn asylum,
Where I would abide and hide from a fearful world
Into which I’d been hurled, its black flag unfurled,
To be found fetal-curled upon slender bed,
With nothing more said and soul near-dead
And what dread hanging in such stifling air
There could be not a thought brought to life
Of any repair made of mind so bounded by horror,
And surrounded by heavy blight of dæmonic night,
And yet I would eventually be free to again be me,
Only better and stronger, with sympathy and honor,
Yet with specters still so close that I will ne’er forget
My time spent imprisoned waiting for funeral chime

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18 thoughts on “From Asylum to Freedom

    1. Thank you so very much! By the grace of God, I am recovering from what can only be called a complete nervous breakdown, which occurred a little over one year ago. I’m so thankful to be back now and moving forward in life! Hope and pray you are doing well, too

  1. I’m so happy to see you writing again. This is a wonderful piece. I can relate to this so much. It feels good to me that I am not alone. Thank you for sharing this piece with us. Have a great day!

  2. I really love the way you write! Especially the way you play with metre and words to make an almost lymric style of rhythm as it is read. The haunting aspect appeals to me too! I write too, and when i have alot of “ghosts” to deal with, my writings can get down right dark. But I use it for therapy. It helps to see the things that torment or even chase you captured on paper.
    I re blogged your post onto my more creative blog. Hope you don’t mind. I’m always in the market for like minds. You can go see if you wish.
    I have 2 blogs
    Reflectionsbyexodushouseministries.wordpress,com
    and
    Dreasstories.wordpress.com.
    Your post is on Dreas Stories.
    Again… Wonderful work and keep writing. but you.
    Maybe they aren’t supposed to….because it’s just between you and God.
    And as long as God understands…..Nothings else matters.
    You are such a blessing and inspiration!
    You are making a difference!
    Never forget that!

    Be Blessed!
    ❤ Andrea….aka Drea.

    1. Thank you so very, very much, Andrea! You have honored me both with your most kind and complimentary words as well as the re-blogging of my poem! What an awesome and unexpected tribute! God bless you, too

  3. Jonathan, you’re coming back. your thoughts and emotion and words are coming back. It’s good to see your writing and your mind is clear to articulate. I’m so happy to read this. I had a roommate recovered from a nervous breakdown and was doing beautifully. My brother had his and is doing well with the support of his wife and son. You’ll be fine. Keep writing and be close to your son and daughter, God is right there with you!

    1. Yes! And I am so very thankful. My son came to see me yesterday and spent a few hours; it was absolutely wonderful! God has been so very good! God bless you and yours!

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