Outlines – Written Monday 17th February 2020 (Aged 45)


why does –
being yourself
seem to the worst ‘lifestyle choice’
for your mental health

like a transplant of organs
that the body rejects,
why does being yourself
seem to cause your mind to reject
and the worst possible choice
for your mental health

the one thing –
to blur and shake,
the one thing –
to cause the felt tip pen –
to colour outside –
of your lines
is the moment you try to be yourself
it feels corrosive for the mind
and the hardest for your mental health

being yourself –
seems to be self made –
to unbalance your mental health
i suspect that is why –
it is so very hard to find and be yourself

James Garratt – Monday 17th February 2020

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