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Anti-Angst

by Genevieve Sturrock

if there were one
marvel of modern medicine
that i could contribute to
it would be the cure for angst

this constant inner turmoil
that seems to devour
the good guys from the inside out
is like a cancer of
the most aggressive kind

i'm going to sport
my own little rubber bracelet
in twisted shades of
green, red, yellow, blue
to show the fight against
envy, love, fear and depression

for angst is born of fear
of the unknown path
of the love in front of us
of our own inability
to measure up

but until there is a magic pill
to roll under the tongue
to make it all disappear
may i suggest to those
who find themselves
fighting themselves
to take a deep breath
and a large step back
and grow up

11/26/2007

Author's Note: although i sympathize with those who are in emotional pain, i am bit tired of all the whining about situations that are self-created. it's a hard lesson to learn, but growing up ain't easy people.

Posted on 11/26/2007
Copyright © 2020 Genevieve Sturrock

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 11/26/07 at 04:37 PM

Great message here. The lines "those who find themselves fighting themselves" describes the angst cycle so well, a vicious wheel that they don't choose to get off of! MFS

Posted by Christel Crews on 11/27/07 at 01:49 AM

this makes me think of one friend in particular.. hmm... 1 guess to figure out who it is :-) miss you!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 11/27/07 at 03:26 PM

Wonderful message here and great food for thought. I especially loved the last stanza- just so true!

Posted by Alisa Js on 12/01/07 at 04:06 AM

I agree totally. In this world of 'victim-hood'... it's everyone else's fault... something that's drilled into our heads from every media venue.. in this world of no accountability, so many are simply running amuck and giving up when adversity hits...having never learned to cope with what's called the 'real world, folks'.... Thanks again for sharing and for speaking the truth. No one promised that life would be easy, one has to learn to take the bitter with the sweet... it makes the sweet all the sweeter.. aloha..;-)

Posted by Sigurdur Haraldsson on 12/01/07 at 11:13 AM

So true! Too many victims are expecting the cavalery or knights in shining armour rescueing them instead of doing something about it themselves. I'll recite this to them until they give up waiting and grow up... Really good poem, Genevieve.

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