Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Paralyzed (Acrostic)

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Panic attacks the nerves, tightens the chest,
acid bile rises into back of throat,
respiration comes in shortened bursts;
atrophied muscles are frozen taut--
like rubber bands stretched to limit,
yielding not even to tender touch;
zombie eyes stare into space …
even as I pretend everything is fine, I am
dying slowly in the confines of my own ‘prison.’

©  Ginny Brannan 2011

Shared at d'Verse Poets Pub Open Link Night #8, September 6 

12 comments:

  1. ..i have days like this.. dying slowly in the confines of my prison.. a fatal spasm.

    ~Kelvin

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  2. You so captured the meaning of the word.brilliant acrostic..kudos

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  3. We do manage to imprision oursevles, don't we, Ginny? I'm kind of in a slump but this poem suggests an acrostic could be the way out. It's a fun form and this is well-executed. Thanks. Victoria

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  4. You describe so clearly the experience of panic attacks. I suffer from them also. Again,poetry is the best therapy. Great poem!

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  5. oh yes, been there. Paralyzed is the right word too.. Vivid & intense write. I haven't seen many acrostics, an interesting use of the form. Thank you.

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  6. i feel this...had a panic attack in college...changed my life really for the better in its aftermath...but you capture the feel of it well...

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  7. great imagery in this well penned acrostic. You have really captured the essence of a panic attack.

    Bravo Ginny.

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  8. This is intense...you capture it well!

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  9. Loved this - i never felt like it was forced which can so often happen with this type of poetry. Great writing - and loved the image with it. :)

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  10. Hi, Rob Kistner here. This is a piece well written, engaging – good work… mine is here: http://www.image-verse.com/clown

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  11. Very imaginative.... this poem is not prisoner to the form at all, (if I may borrow the concept...) very well done.....

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