READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, March 24

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This week’s poem, by Jan Parkin, is called Post Traumatic Stress.

Your steps were very furtive

Your actions so subdued

A wall you’d built around yourself

No others heard or viewed

Your senses sharp and heightened

Reacting to small cues

Kept memories lingering in your head

No others heard your news

Self protection served its purpose

Of course and that made sense

But little did you know that

It was all in the past tense

Relief it was short lived in fact

The price that was to pay

Was that years had passed before your eyes

With not living in today

So walls built strong like concrete

Impermeable to most

Restricted you so badly

With the past a haunting ghost

Those dreams seemed like reality

Like you were still right there

The terror you experienced then again

Was unjust and unfair

In later years through therapy

A chance to start again

Each gentle step to live once more

As you crawled out from your den

Putting back the chaos that ran

Inside your troubled head

Gave you strength to start to live

To conquer fear and dread

Then peace came there to greet you

Those memories stored away

No more you’re trapped within your walls

You’re living in today....

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