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Picture Prompt

She twists

She turns

Trying to escape

The thoughts

The words

The pictures

That cause

The trauma

The tears

The pain

Begin

When words

Reach her

Ears

Carry

Through to her

Tired

Struggling

Collapsing mind

Filtering the language

To hurt

To injure

To maim

To kill

To drown

Intended

To make sure

That once down

She stays down

Wallowing in her thoughts

Her mind

The complexity

That is her inner being

Crying

Screaming

Waiting to be heard

If only someone

Anyone

Would listen

Listen close

People

Are everywhere

Yelling

Wailing

Waiting

For someone

Anyone

To walk past

And listen

Listen close

Pick up

When someone

Needs help

When the mind

Becomes a

Minefield

And cannot

Function

As thoughts

Drag her down

And intend

To keep

Her hostage and

“safe”

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