Psyche, or: Pasithea

A haibun

Anti-anxiety medication, at its best, reduces one’s stress levels. Every so often, the heart palpitates, but less pronouncedly than it used to – and for shorter spans of time.

Whereas the patient once tended to come across as intense -even desperate- during job interviews, he’s ‘cool as a cucumber’, even on the spot. Still, his medication, as effective as it is, does not wipe out the accumulated traumas concealed beneath his calm veneer that cause deep, vast bruising.

leafy bows shade sleep
stone pillow anchors dreams
hawk circles above

Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday

  • This week’s prompt is to write a haibun based upon ‘something hidden’.
  • From
    • In How to Haiku, Bruce Ross writes, “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how one came to have that experience.”

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

32 thoughts on “Psyche, or: Pasithea”

  1. Ah…my son deals with high levels of anxiety and I continue to be caught off guard when his calm veneer falls away! It’s easy to forget the masks our loved ones wear. ♥️

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