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Compartment 114
Compartment 114
- reality bites -

- reality bites -

A Poem by Brenda Woods

500 prompt challenge - #7

reality bites at my ankles
cruel, twisted, vile
it winds around my legs
finds a home along my spine
leeching into my heart
when did life become this hard?

reality bites at old wounds
claws open my skin
settles down, too deep
eats away, consumes me
i drown in anxiety
yearn for this stress to end

reality bites
a twisted monster
did i let this happen?
or have i lost control?

reality bites, and i--
i am trapped
between fight and flight
oh, how easy it'd be
to give up, to retreat

reality bites at my ankles
cruel, twisted, vile
winding around my legs
a wild animal
too close for comfort
and i, trying to tame it

© 2016 Brenda Woods

Author's Note

Brenda Woods
Was trying the 'write a prompt every day' sort of thing - and life took over. Uni this semester has so far been five weeks of never ending stress; so it felt good to let this poem flow out of me :)

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I like the tone and rhythm sensed from your poem..speaks persistence and resilience..well penned

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Brenda Woods

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much!

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Added on August 31, 2016
Last Updated on August 31, 2016
Tags: reality bites, reality, stress, anxiety


Brenda Woods
Brenda Woods

Auckland, New Zealand

19 year old costume student. I love costumes, cosplay, music and writing. Flute player since 2005, I also play piccolo, guitar and ukulele. Most of my writing tends to be poetry or lyrics/songwriting,.. more..